Charge to the Class of 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

As much as this day is about all that you’ve accomplished, the time has come for us to take this show on the road, with all the twists and turns along the way.

Someday you’ll come back to Pitzer, and when you do, I want you to have stories to tell: about the battles that you’ve won and lost, and the scars you’ve got to show for it; about the minds that you’ve changed or the gardens that you’ve planted; and you’ll want to share stories about the paths you’ve travelled. And when you tell those stories, remember, no one wants to hear about easy street. The most interesting roads are steep, turning, unpredictable and dangerous—just keep your eye on the horizon and you’ll be fine.

I’ll end my final Commencement with one of my literary heroes, Hunter S. Thompson, a great role model for us all:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”

Dear friends, I present to you the Class of Two Thousand and Fifteen.

—President Laura Skandera Trombley