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Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman and graduating students reflect on their time together, preparing for a world in which the only constant is change. Read Story


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President Shirley M. Tilghman:
First and foremost, congratulations to all our graduates for successfully completing your Princeton education.

Awo Addo:
My favorite memory of Princeton will be the friends I've made.

Kyle Koncz:
My favorite memory is all the stuff with these guys right here, all the friends.

Stephanie Neidig:
The friends that I will keep throughout my life.

Nima Rahbar:
I think the best memory I had here is actually, honestly, the comraderie and friendship of all the friends I had here.

President Tilghman:
The class of 2008 has left an indelible mark on this University -- you brought us a bonfire on Cannon Green

President Tilghman:
and a world premiere of Alexander Pushkin's "Boris Godunov" at the Berlind Theatre.

President Tilghman:
You reached out to the victims of civil strife in Darfur and to those affected by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi.

President Tilghman:
You reached out to the victims of civil strife in Darfur and to those affected by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi.

President Tilghman:
As Princetonians you will be expected not simply to adapt well to change; you will be expected to lead it.

President Tilghman:
In a world where it is impossible to predict what is to come, the powerful combination of breadth and depth

President Tilghman:
that a Princeton education offers is the best insurance that you will be prepared, come what may.

Timothy Nunan:
Just have a really good last day before splitting off and going off into the world.

Ria Dutta:
My favorite fondest memory of Princeton is probably going out to coffee with friends, continuing discussions from precepts,

Ria Dutta:
or going out to dinner with professors, you know, talking about whatever we were doing in class and just continuing the discussion.

Nima Rahbar:
The fantastic professors and scholars that I've encountered here.

Stephen Hsia:
Being with the Princeton community abroad, so, in Beijing and in Oxford.

Zachary Squire:
It is you, the great class of 2008, who have given me what is most memorable and valuable that I will take away from Princeton.

Zachary Squire:
And I wish you all the best of luck and the greatest success as you pass through FitzRandolph Gate. Thank you very much.

(applause, music)

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