The Class of 2019 celebrated a job well done during Clarkson’s spring commencement on May 11. Students from 27 states and 22 countries were awarded more than 750 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at our Potsdam campus.
Speakers included Dorr B. Begnal ’83, co-founder and managing director of Winthrop Square Capital, and Gregory L. Verdine, the Erving Professor of Chemistry at Harvard and Harvard Medical School, and president and CEO of FogPharma and LifeMine Therapeutics.
“Clarkson produces great problem-solvers,” Begnal said. “They’re usually the first in the room that points out the best solution that usually is the simplest and the most overlooked,” he said.
Verdine passed along wisdom from his grandfather. “The greatest gifts are the ones that you don’t quite yet deserve, the ones that inspire you to live up to them, that spur you to achieve, that orient you toward generosity, that ground you in humility and graciousness,” he said.
“Live your life in honor of their gift. Then find someone in need of a gift from you – you’d be surprised how small a gesture of kindness and generosity can transform a life.”
Here, a gallery of images from the graduations and celebrations. All photos by University Photographer Steve Jacobs (firstname.lastname@example.org).