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A message from President Tessier-Lavigne

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Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne sitting.

To Stanford’s 2020 graduates and their parents, families and friends:

I hope that you are all staying healthy and well. To our graduates, I hope you have had a productive and enriching final quarter at Stanford, despite the upheaval.

As we approach the end of the academic year, we have been working to plan a celebration that honors you and your accomplishments. Though I am disappointed not to be able to celebrate Commencement together in person this year, I’m pleased to invite you to a virtual Celebration of 2020 Graduates on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 10 a.m. PDT.

This celebration will begin with a live-streamed experience, highlighting student voices and acknowledging the unusual circumstances. It will also feature additional material that you can explore over time. It will not replicate or replace a traditional Commencement ceremony. We remain committed to holding an in-person Commencement celebration when we are able to gather once again on campus.

Graduates will receive an invitation this week to send in reflections—photos, videos, or stories that you would like to share with your fellow graduates. The virtual celebration will be built around your contributions, and I hope that you will all take part.

It has been a privilege to get to know this class of undergraduate and graduate students over the past several years. I know that you will succeed and thrive, despite the current challenges we face. I look forward to honoring all that you have achieved, and to thanking your family members and friends for their support and encouragement. I can’t wait to celebrate with you, both in June and when we meet again in person.


Marc Tessier-Lavigne