Commencement 2005

The tragedies of September 11, 2001, marked the beginning of college life for Classes of 2005 across the country -- a grave motif that ran through many of this year's commencement speeches, along with exhortations to be moderate, curious, tolerant, and engaged citizens. Following are excerpts from recent graduation speeches -- some somber, some playful; some political, some spiritual -- given by faculty members, administrators, and keynote speakers.