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PHOTOS: Stanford's 124th Commencement Ceremony

 

Stanford University graduates gathered on Sunday, June 14, for the university's 124th Commencement Ceremony. The livestreamed event was held at Stanford Stadium.

Following a procession into Stanford Stadium of flag-carriers from the university's various schools, members of the class of 2015 entered the stadium for the university's traditional "Wacky Walk."

Dressed alike as red and green Legos figures, one group of students carried a sign reading: "We'll Never LEGO!"

Other students toted large cutouts of their faces, rainbow flags and inflatable objects like a turtle and donuts. One group carried a large cutout of the iconic orange couch from the TV sitcom Friends over their heads, as well as individuals signs that spelled out "friends."

Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent of NBC News and a Stanford alumnus, was this year's Commencement speaker.

Engel encouraged the graduates to not take a desk job, but to "try something new, and then try it again. And finally, never forget to be amazed."

"You have smarts. So don't squander it chasing the mundane allures of money and comfort," he said during his speech.

On Sunday, Stanford conferred 1,704 bachelor's degrees, 2,338 master's degrees and 984 doctoral degrees.

In the undergraduate class of 2015, 290 seniors graduated with departmental honors, 281 graduated with distinction, 64 had more than one major, 29 had dual bachelor's degrees, 130 had both a bachelor's and master's degree and 350 earned minors, according to Stanford.

On the international front, 117 foreign undergraduates hailed from 40 countries and 1,044 graduate students were from 82 countries, according to the university.

President John L. Hennessy, who announced June 11 that he is planning to step down from his post, issued a call to action: "The rights and privileges of an education bring a responsibility. How will you put your education to use?"

"Today I hope you leave here with a deep appreciation for your time at Stanford and a strong commitment to put your education, energy and enthusiasm to good use to make this a better world for yourself and succeeding generations," he said.

Check out the Weekly's Storify page for a collection of social media reactions capturing the graduating class of 2015 at Stanford University.

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