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Janet Yellen Talks Policy and Inequality at Radcliffe Day Celebration


Inequality—in wealth, race, gender, domestically and across the globe—weighed heavily in the minds of this year’s Commencement speakers. It seemed fitting that the week’s activities concluded with a program Friday at the Radcliffe Institute honoring Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, the recipient of this year’s Radcliffe Medal, and one of today’s most publicly vocal advocates of shared prosperity.

Prosperity and Equality


In a populist presidential election year pervaded by economic discontents—lagging middle-class incomes, rising inequality, and the purported workforce displacements caused by immigrants, globalization, and free-trade agreements—the Radcliffe Institute addressed the issues head-on.

Steven Spielberg and Drew Faust Address Harvard Commencement


Seats in the shade were in high demand in Tercentenary Theatre on the afternoon of the 365th Commencement Day. Graduates, trailing well-coiffed relatives, wandered the sea of off-white folding chairs, looking hopeful, then grim, then disconsolate. The well-prepared had arrived early, reserving entire rows with handbags, hats, and, in some cases, both the shoes off their feet.

Steven Spielberg: “I Was in a Celluloid Bubble”


“It's an honor and a thrill to address this group of distinguished alumni and supportive friends and kvelling parents,” said Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, Ar.D. ’16, speaking to the Harvard graduates and their friends and families who assembled in Tercentenary Theatre for the Harvard Alumni Association’s annual meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Shalala Tells Public Health School Graduates to “Expect the Unexpected”


Donna Shalala, president of the Clinton Foundation, delivered the Commencement address at the Harvard T.H.

Freeman Hrabowski: “We the Teachers Make the Difference”


On a Wednesday afternoon that sweltered past 80 degrees, an audience of several hundred filled the tent in Radcliffe Yard for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s convocation exercises. The keynote speaker was educator and mathematician Freeman Hrabowski III, LL.D.’10, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), a research university that specializes in sending minorities and women, as well as students from low-income backgrounds, into the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Harvard’s 2016 Honorary-Degree Recipients


During the Morning Exercises of the 365rd Commencement, on May 26, Harvard planned to confer honorary degrees on six men and three women. Among them are:

Kindness Is “a Powerful and Subversive Thing”


Reverent and self-deprecating—but always eclectic—the Harvard Divinity School’s Multireligious Commencement Service might well have been the loftiest, and yet the least pompous, celebration on the University’s calendar. As guests entered Memorial Church, ushers distributed fans printed with the school’s crest, which were gratefully accepted: within two days, the temperature had swung up by 28 degrees. Then, preceded by rainbow streamers and a gentle drumbeat, the faculty and graduating students filed in.

Rashida Jones ’97: “Don’t Just Follow the Rules”


In 2007, actress Rashida Jones ’97 had just come off a highly successful stint on the hit sitcom The Office, and was in a bit of a rut. As she auditioned for television roles as the “wife or sassy best friend” on various shows, Jones found herself increasingly demoralized, frustrated, and pondering a new career path: writing. Looking around at all of her successful writer friends, she began to doubt herself.