Secretary of Interior tells Bard graduates to ‘be fierce’

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland delivers Bard College commencement address (photo by Sam Stuart)

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON – The class of 2022 graduated from Bard College on Saturday hearing from Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the first Native American to hold that cabinet post, that their college education “has instilled in you the power to change the world for the good.”

College President Dr. Leon Botstein conferred degrees on the Class of 2022 and 161 graduate degrees.

Secretary Haaland told the graduates their “college experience is about more than just gaining an education – it’s about the connections you make, the new ideas you share, and exposure to a new world beyond the one you were nurtured in by your parents and your communities.”

She told the graduates that “my generation and even past generations haven’t entirely lived up to our end of the deal, otherwise you would be inheriting a country where every individual and every ecosystem is thriving. I know you all have the intelligence and foresight to move our world in a loving direction of progress, and for that, I thank you.”

This was the 162nd graduating class at Bard.



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