Madeleine Albright, 64th U.S. Secretary of State · 2016 Commencement
...You will embark on a new stage in your lives – meeting different people, traveling far and wide, and experiencing life as you never have before.You will be able to face the future with confidence because the skills and values you developed here at Scripps will go along with you.This means you are as well-equipped as any young people could be to continue your search for truth in an uncertain and often confusing world.
Catherine Chiang · 2016 Commencement
Hello and good evening. I am incredibly honored to be here, with the class of 2016 and many of the people who have supported us along our journey. I always knew there was something magical about Scripps. I still remember walking through the gated archway of Balch Hall for the first time, stepping into the […]
Sarah Kay · 2015 Commencement
Sometimes it is hard to believe that we can be working on the same thing. Sometimes the way you build is so different from the way someone else does. You want to be big and visible and radical and loud, someone else wants to work quietly, under the radar, out of the public eye. It is possible to have many front lines in the same war. It is possible that the people you disagree with are really trying to do the same work, trying to build the same future, even if we see it different ways. You can lay bricks until walls are constructed, until a temple is built. Or you can dream towards a temple until you figure out which walls to build and which bricks to lay. You can shape behavior until it changes minds. Or you change minds until it shapes behavior. You create options by choice and example.
Olivia Buntaine ’15 · 2015 Commencement
I know that each and everyone of us in these green robes have our own story of earthy endurance, growing roots deep into rich soil, striving and grappling underground. But we are ready to start growing upwards. Now we can complement the orange trees, and let our endurance tell a different story of beauty. Congratulations class of 2015, we will endure.
Nonie Creme ’94 · 2014 Commencement
College is a crucial time to explore yourself and your mind. Try stuff. Develop opinions, and just be in an environment where your BIG job and purpose is simply to think. These years are gold dust. Trust me, you'll carry on reinventing yourself for the rest of your life, but what you learnt here at Scripps will creep in and tap you on the shoulder at the most amazing times. You may not even realize you knew those things, but they're in there.
Sanggeet Manirajah ’14 · 2014 Commencement
I will leave you not with a quote, but with a question. As you take this first of many steps on this journey, what will you carry with you?
Ruth Owades ’66 · 2013 Commencement
At Scripps you have laid the foundation for the next chapter of your life — whether it is in the Boardroom or the Operating Room, the Classroom or the Courtroom — and always the Family Room, however we fashion it — know that you are well prepared to achieve your dreams.
Roshni Kakaiya ’13 · 2013 Commencement
Dear "real world:" Get ready. The Scripps Class of 2013 is taking over. And there ain't no goin' back now.
Zainab Salbi · 2012 Commencement
You have a choice to make today. And the choice is fully yours. You can live your life hiding from your dreams or you can live your dreams today and now. You can live your life being afraid of love, showing it or receiving it, or you can dance in that love, expressing it to all around you and to yourself. You can live your life escaping from your truth, keeping your secrets buried, keeping your silence, keeping yourself busy with this thought or that doubt. And this job or that shirt. Or you can live your life with the courage to face your own truth. To live your truth, to speak your truth, and to be your truth. It is your choice to make.
Claire Hasting Calderón ’12 · 2012 Commencement
I’d like so very much to send us off that way, knowing that we will not be afraid to challenge what we are given. That we will keep digging deep, deep, deep until we find those juicy roots, that we will plant our uncompromising seedlings and water them fiercely, to make our deliberate and daring mark on the world.
Elizabeth Robbins Turk ’83 · 2011 Commencement
Shouldering the wrong idea may bring unseen richness. This might even give you space to recognize opportunity and the chance to accept a dream too big to have been dreamt. That is what we all wish for you: magnanimous dreams and expansive friendships.
Joss Taylor Greene ’11 · 2011 Commencement
If we can find the courage to define happiness according to our own comfort and intuition, we may stop competing for the sake of it and instead find ways of complementing and supporting each other. We may then define success not according to our individual superiority but as collective participation in a world where we can all be our fullest selves. Not fighting the wind to prove our own strength but building nests in community.
Sue Monk Kidd · 2010 Commencement
Find a purpose grand enough for your life. And whatever your necessary fire is, your genius turns out to be, remember, in some way, it is necessary for the world too. Try to love the world despite what you see out there. Go make your big beautiful dent, and as you do so come down on the side of boldness. If you err, may it be for too much audacity, and not too little. For you really are enough.
Ann Kidd Taylor · 2010 Commencement
Today at 34, when I think about all the possible conversations that could go on inside of you at this moment, I hope yours will include a serious discussion about your necessary fire. I hope it will allow you to listen deeply to yourself, perhaps, even give you the courage to invite surprise.
Litza Johnson ’10 · 2010 Commencement
It's so important for us to realize that as valuable as our differences are, there is always some place we can connect and that compassion and respect can be easy. If we look for the differences, we will find them. But if we look for the similarities we'll find those too. I truly believe that if we approach the rest of our lives with this mindset, the opportunities will be limitless.
Gabrielle Giffords ’93 · 2009 Commencement
So, be passionate. Be courageous. Be strong. If you remember these things, you will make me proud of you, you will make Scripps proud, you will make your parents proud, and you will make the United States proud of you and grateful for the unique treasures you will give to it.
Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith · 2008 Commencement
Of course, Hollywood follows a formula. Lives do not. What we plot for the Movie of Your Life could easily spool into a much larger and more complicated story than we could ever imagine. Maybe it's not a movie; it's a TV series, a Broadway musical or a trilogy. And in twenty years, we'll do the remake with a much younger cast. There is no telling the potential of your own personal franchise.
Ashley Peters ’08 · 2008 Commencement
I am positive that right now, I am speaking to a future organic chemist, a future CEO, a future neuroscientist, a future teacher, and THE future President of the United States. That is OUR power, OUR choice... OUR responsibility. Scripps gave us the tools — it is now up to us to pave the way so that our names are recited in a list of women who made a difference in a world still determined to find fault with a woman's curves, brilliance, and wit.
Karen Tse ’86 · 2007 Commencement
Thank you today for joining me in this journey. I hope you will open your hearts, too, to the many human rights defenders throughout the world, that you will give them and strengthen them with your courage, and that you will always look to each other as classmates to give courage and strength to each other in the years to come, and may you always be blessed.
Molly Ivins · 2003 Commencement
Now, I have three pieces of advice for you out of my very own life experience. Ready? First, raise hell—big time. I want ya'll to get out there and raise hell about damned near everything. My word there is a world out there that needs fixing. Get out there and get after it! Now let me tell you, no matter what you do your whole life (many of you being Scripps graduates will probably throw pots), but you'll become doctors or lawyers or beggars or thieves—whatever you wind up doing, you will be, most of you, citizens of this country your entire life. That is a second job and it's a job that requires real responsibility.
Executive Director, Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
|2005||Lynne Jeffries Hunt '75
FBI legal attach
Feminist activist, co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus and Ms. Magazine
State Assembly Woman, California Santa Barbara District
|"Well Behaved Woman Rarely Make History"|
World Bank Executive Director
|"Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century"|
JPL, Mars Program
|"Global Citzenship for the New Millenium"|
|1994||Dr. Susan M. Love
Director UCLA Breast Center
|"You Can Change the World"|
Social psychologist, writer, lecturer
|"If You Meet the Goddess on the Road..."|
Author, social critic
|"The Beauty Myth"|
|1991||Bonnie Jo Hunt
Operatic concert artist; founder & president of Artists of Indian America, Inc.
|"Walk in Beauty"|
|1990||Natasha Josefowitz '48
Adjunct Professor, San Diego State University; management consultant, internationally syndicated columnist and best-selling author
|"The Woman of the 1990's: Managing Her Complex Life"|
|1989||President John H. Chandler
President of Scripps College 1976-1989
|"You Can Take It With You"|
|1988||Andrea Van de Kamp
President and chief executive officer of the Independent Colleges of Southern California
|"A Look at Tomorrow"|
|1987||Tanya Cherry Tull '64
Founder and President of Para Los Ninos & Executive Director of the Los Angeles Family Housing Corporation
|"To Change the World - And Make It Better"|
|1986||The Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall
Judge, United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
|"Back to the Future"|
|1985||Benjamin C. Bradlee
Executive Editor, The Washington Post
|"The First Rough Draft of History"|
|1984||Patricia Roberts Harris
Professor of Law, George Washington University
|"Preparing for the Twenty-First Century"|
Attorney and Chair, California Commission on the Status of Women
|"The Renaissance Woman of the Future"|
|1982||Sherry Lee Lansing
Production President, Twentieth Century Fox
|"Then and Now"|
Chair, National Women's Political Caucus
|"Women and the Politics of the '80's"|
|1980||Margaret T. Hance
Mayor of Phoenix, AZ
|"If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Back in the Kitchen"|
|1979||Professor Mary P. Ryan
Associate Professor, State University of New York at Binghamton
|"Circling and Ascending: A Century of Women Graduates"|
Artistic Director, Bella Lewitzy Dancers
|"Making My Way in Dance"|
|1977||Joan Dempsey Klein
Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
|"The American Dream: Is It Still Viable"|
|1976||Helen Hardin Jackson '55
||"The Role of Women in Public Life"|
|1975||Kathleen Brogan Schwarz, M.D. '64
Fellow in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at St. Louis Children's Hospital
|"A Different Drummer"|
|1974||Ruth Ashton Taylor '43
CBS-TV News Reporter
|"Maybe It's Time for a Woman President"|
|1972||Dr. Margaret McKenzie '40
Associate Professor of German, Vassar College
|"The Humanities in Today's World"|
|1971||Dr. Georgiana Hardy
Member, Board of Education of Los Angeles
|"The Ardent and Steep Hill of the Morning"|
Anthropologist, Author and Curator Emeritus of Ethnology of the American Museum of Natural History
|"What is a Crisis"|
|1969||William Ayres Arrowsmith
University Professor of Arts and Letters, University of Texas
Educator and Writer
Vice-Chancellor, University of California at Los Angeles
|1967||Clarence H. Faust
Former President, Fund for the Advancement of Education
Former Vice President, The Ford Foundation
|"Gates of the Future"|
|1966||C. Page Smith, Provost
Cowell College, University of California, Santa Cruz
|"History and Women"|
|1965||The Honorable Mildred L. Lillie
Justice, California District Court of Appeals
|1964||Dr. Herbert John Davis
||"The True Promethean Fire"|
|1963||Dr. Alan Willard Brown
||"As on a Darkling Plain"|
Author, "Silent Spring"
|1961||Irving M. Walker
||"A Look Fore and Aft"|
|1960||Dr. Louis B. Wright
||"A Mind for Leisure"|
|1959||Dr. Joseph B. Platt
||"The Next Twenty Years"|
|1958||Dr. T. V. Smith
|1957||The Reverend George A. Buttrick
||"Footnote on Progress"|
|1956||Peter H. Odegard
||"The Time is Now"|
|1955||Vern O. Knudson
||"Higher Education in Our Democracy"|
|1953||Sir Robert Hadow
||"The Arbours, Bouquets, and Pleasances of Life"|
|1952||James Arnold Blaisdell
||"A Solute to Scripps College"|
|1951||Louise Booker Wright
||"The Lost Art of Reading"|
|1950||Lillian Moller Gilbreth
||"A Tribute to Books"|
|1949||John Wendell Dodds
||"Shadows and Realities"|
|1948||Marjorie Hope Nicolson
||"And Gladly Teach"|
|1947||Lynn T. White, Jr.
|1946||Theodore M. Greene
||"The Challenge of our Times"|
|1945||William A. Nitze
||"In Retrospect: The Liberal Arts at Commencement"|
|1944||Louis B. Wright
||"Women on the Cultural Frontier"|
|1943||Frank C. Baxter
||"The One and the Many"|
|1941||Henry Purmort Eames
||"The Canons and Currency of Beauty"|
|1937||Everett Dean Martin
||"The Open Mind"|
|1936||Ernest J. Jaqua
||"Are Women Being Educated"|
|1934||Avery O. Crave
|1933||Susan Miller Dorsey
|1932||Nathaniel W. Stephenson
|1931||Dr. Edward A. Steiner
||"The New Woman in the New World "|