Class of 2018 Graduates Urged to Live Their Values

Members of Ithaca College’s class of 2018 were urged to think about the big-picture outcomes of their actions, live their values, and find ways to help those in need through gestures large and small at Ithaca College’s 123rd Commencement ceremony on May 20. Daniel Weiss, president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, delivered the main address. Weiss told the more than 1,200 graduates that they must think about their own personal commitment.

“Devoting your life to the service of those most in need is one approach, a very laudable one,” said Weiss. “But there are other approaches, too. Gestures large and small matter— indeed, just noticing someone who is suffering or in distress can make a difference. My advice to you today is that you focus on the small gestures, the habits of living that reflect your values. These add up to define your character and, ultimately, your destiny.”

Weiss received an honorary degree at the ceremony, as did educator and civil rights advocate Gloria Hobbs and Mara Keisling, founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality