Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009Commencement is a time of celebration at Carleton, and the 135th was no exception. On a picture-perfect day, all the festive ingredients were there to be savored: the colorful academic procession, the ceremony on the lawn west of Hulings, the caps and gowns and tassels, the stirring speeches, the smiling family members and friends, the beaming graduates—and the almost palpable mix of gratitude, nostalgia, pride, and excitement.

Commencement 2009

It’s an Honor

These recipients were awarded the degree of doctor of humane letters, honoris causa:

Peter Basquin ’64, critically acclaimed concert pianist and retired music professor and director of music performance studies at Hunter College (CUNY)

Annie S. C. Wu, entrepreneur, pioneer in advancing the cause of women and ethnic minorities across Asia, and supporter of educational initiatives at all levels, including Carleton’s Beijing Seminar

“If my generation had felt more keenly our obligation to cease [damaging the environment], we would today find the earth a far more welcoming home than it is. You members of the Class of 2009 have a chance to succeed where we failed, to do the right thing where we did the wrong thing. We need you, we count upon you, to become responsible stewards of the environment.”

—President Robert A. Oden Jr., commencement address

Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009

“These memories we choose to make are more than mental snapshots; they shape what we believe, how we act, the friends we keep, and the ones we leave behind. They are, more than anything else, what makes us us.”

—Thomas Fry ’09, “The Most Forgettable Part of My Speech”

Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009 

“Carleton, listen. We should talk. The thing is, well, I just feel like [we’re] at a standstill here. . . . We both knew deep down that this relationship, although wonderful, was never meant to last. I know it sounds like a cliché, but please believe me when I say it’s not you—really, it’s me.”

—Carolyn Morales ’09, “Goodbye, Carleton”

Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009 

Web Extra: View more photos and listen to speeches at http://go.carleton.edu/commencement.

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