I am honored to lead Cornell University, which, as a private university with a public mission, embodies my own deeply held belief in the ability of higher education to improve the human condition.
Cornell has an abiding commitment to the liberal arts, to the development and curation of pure knowledge, and to the application of that knowledge to make a lasting, positive difference in the world. From its founding, Cornell has also recognized that people with diverse backgrounds and experiences bring great value to education, discovery, creativity, and engagement, and that freedom of speech and mutual respect are essential to civil and productive discourse. I am proud to uphold these values and commitments.
Based in a beautiful college town in the Finger Lakes region, Cornell also has a major presence in New York City and is rapidly expanding the collaborations and synergies among its upstate and downstate campuses, as it builds on its global impact. I am delighted to be a part of Cornell at this exciting moment in its history, and to work with our faculty, students, staff, and alumni in Ithaca, New York City, and around the world.
150th Commencement Address
May 27, 2018