2,642 graduate at 2009 Commencement ceremony

Teach For America founder delivers Commencement address

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Brookings Quad

Brookings Quad

1,422 undergraduates received their degrees, and another 1,343 graduates and professional candidates graduated Friday in Brookings Quad.

Wendy Kopp

Wendy Kopp

The University awarded honorary degrees to Robert L. Virgil, emeritus dean of the Olin Business School and emeritus University Trustee; Patty Jo Watson, Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology; Robert Waterson, chairman of the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle; and Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive director of Teach for America.

Kopp delivered the Commencement address and told the story of how she founded Teach for America as a young college graduate and stressed the dire need for such a program in today’s low income, urban areas. She urged graduates to use their inexperience as an advantage as they work to accomplish what others perceive as impossible.