Doyle detailed how graduates across all fields — from physical therapy to business to education — could implement sustainability throughout their careers, aiding in the fight for a cleaner, greener tomorrow.
He also spoke to the importance of leading with compassion, both as colleagues and community members.
“Remember that when we act with compassion in our jobs, at home and in our communities, we help to change people’s lives. Maybe not forever, but at least for a moment,” Doyle said. “This empathy in action is core to building sustainability in ourselves, our relationships, our communities, and our environment.”
Each member of the graduating class also received a medallion, inscribed with a quote chosen by the president. This year’s quote, by civil rights leader Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., reads, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”