The Class of 2009 could barely contain itself as its members welcomed Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. '73, '76L to the podium as the keynote speaker for this year's Class Day, May 19.
Holder delivered a witty, inspiring speech that included reminiscences of his oddball freshman year roommates - he had two who eventually left campus - and jealousy of the current Carman Hall residents, who have air conditioning.
After sending students, families, alumni, faculty and staff into stitches, Holder struck a more serious tone, urging graduates to give back to their communities.
"Set your sights beyond the career that will offer the greatest financial reward to the one that will reward your soul," he said. "You must do your part to improve the world around you."
For the fifth year, the procession was followed by the Parade of Classes, with dozens of alumni marching with their class banners to welcome seniors into the alumni community.
Celebrating the 25th year of coeducation and the final year of Austin Quigley's role as Dean of the College, more than 900 seniors packed South Lawn on a perfect spring day to say goodbye to their undergraduate years.
On Wednesday, May 20, they will receive their diplomas at Commencement.
Ethan Rouen '04J