May 14, 2012 - Claremont, Calif. - Harvey Mudd College conferred bachelor of science degrees upon 177 students at its 54th commencement ceremony in Mudd Quadrangle on Sunday, May 13.
Bill Nye, science educator
Harvey Mudd College conferred bachelor of science degrees upon 177 students at its 54th commencement ceremony in Mudd Quadrangle on Sunday, May 13.
“It is the challenge for you and your classmates to step out into the world and the workplace, a set of problems like no one before you has had to face, and solve these problems,” Nye said. “And I think you can. You’re brilliant. And I’m not kidding when I say I want you to change the world.”
As an environmentalist, Nye is a fan of having more by wasting less, but said that humans can’t just “do less.”
“We have to lead the world on new paths, new ways to provide electricity, new types of transportation, new approaches to doing business,” he said. “As Mudders and graduates, you are among the very best in the world at thinking about new things, new arrangements, new tools… that’s what I want you to do for us. I want you to change the world.”
Graduating senior Christopher Beavers delivered the senior keynote address. He told his class that instead of praising them, he wanted to give them a far more important and radical message: “You are stupid.”
Christopher Beavers '12, student speaker
President Maria Klawe and Thomas Aldrich '12
“Every student who attends Harvey Mudd College has outstanding ability,” Klawe said. “My advice to the Class of 2012 is to keep on doing what you’ve learned to do: one, pick important problems to work on; two, work hard and persist in the face of great difficulty; three, regularly re-evaluate your strategy and be prepared to make changes; four, build teams and alliances; and, five, ask for help. Every one of our Class of 2012 is capable of doing great things, and I know that you will do great things.”