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Today is Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 08:12 PM.

A gorgeous, sunny day greeted the families and friends of this year's 249 baccalaureate graduates and two MALS graduates who gathered for commencement ceremonies on May 19. Noteworthy sights this year included Jason Burns, who sported a "grad-cam"--a video camera fastened to his mortarboard--and a live griffin, who danced with glee on stage following the conferring of degrees. Under the direction of music professor Virginia Hancock '62 the Reed Collegium Musicum also made its commencement debut. The night before commencement, graduates and their groups mingled with faculty and staff members for a reception and dance in a tent on the south lawn. One staff member noted that she passed by a table of family members speaking Spanish, walked past another table where an animated conversation in Vietnamese was taking place, and then encountered a couple speaking Tamil at the buffet table. No matter what the language, the tone of commencement was undeniably happy.

The most graduates this year were from the biology department, 33, followed closely by 29 English majors. Twenty-one majors each graduated from the departments of psychology and history. The departments of physics and chemistry were next, with 17 and 16 graduates; 15 students graduated in the fastest-growing interdisciplinary major, biochemistry and molecular biology, which produced its first graduates only three years ago.

Trustee Linda Howard '70 gave a deeply felt and stirring commencement address: excerpts of her speech follow.

(C)Roger Jensen/The Oregonian.