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A Commencement Message from President Tessier-Lavigne

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne speaks at the podium at 2021 Commencement


APRIL 2023

To the Graduates of the Class of 2023, their parents, families and friends:

Congratulations! I am pleased to invite you to Stanford University’s 132nd Commencement Weekend in June. We look forward to the opportunity to honor and celebrate our graduates and to thank all of you — parents, family members and friends — for your support.

The Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in Stanford Stadium. This year’s Commencement speaker will be tennis legend John McEnroe, who led Stanford to the NCAA national tennis championship in 1978 and went on to become a professional athlete, broadcaster, voice actor, art collector, and philanthropist.

Commencement events are planned throughout the weekend, beginning with Baccalaureate. Held in Frost Amphitheater on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., this multi-faith celebration is a time of thanksgiving and reflection for students and their families. Angela Buchdahl, senior rabbi at Central Synagogue in New York City and the first Asian American to be ordained as a cantor or rabbi in North America, will give this year’s Baccalaureate address.

School and department celebrations will be held in a variety of locations across campus, with professional school celebrations taking place on Saturday and all other school and department celebrations held on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., I also invite you to join my wife, Mary, and me at a reception for graduating students and their families at the Lou Henry Hoover House.

Logistical details and additional information about the entire weekend can be found online at

Commencement marks both a completion and a beginning. We look forward to celebrating this special occasion with you.


Marc Tessier-Lavigne