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Commencement 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014, 8:30 a.m., Armstrong Quad

“Now go, and make interesting mistakes; make amazing mistakes; make glorious and fantastic mistakes; break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” — Class of 2013 motto, from Neil Gaiman

Jane Lubchenco ’69

Jane Lubchenco ’69

Commencement Speaker

Jane Lubchenco ’69, first woman to serve as the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), presented the commencement address, titled “From Rats to Sharks: Tales of Public Service.”

Lubchenco served as head of NOAA from 2009-2013. Under her leadership, NOAA focused on restoring fisheries to sustainability and profitability, restoring oceans and coasts to a healthy state, promoting climate science and delivering climate information and services to inform understanding and adaptation, ensuring continuity of the nation’s weather and environmental satellites, and strengthening science and ensuring scientific integrity.

Kristi ErdalKristi Erdal

Baccalaureate Speaker

Professor Erdal served as the Baccalaureate speaker this year. Erdal has conducted clinical research on depression and anxiety in Parkinson’s disease and experimental research on sport superstition and head injury. After receiving her Ph.D. from Arizona State University, Erdal began teaching at Colorado College in 1995.

Read the transcript of Professor Erdal's address.

Wesley BrandtWesley Brandt ’14

Senior Class Speaker

Wesley Brandt ’14, a music major from Washington, D.C., gave the senior address, titled “Sisyphus on the Block Plan.” Following graduation he plans to revise two musicals he has composed and submit them to theater festivals, then head to New York City.

Read the transcript of Wesley Brandt's address.