A Graduation Dedicated to Social Justice

Due to the exigencies of the COVID crisis, this year’s commencement took place online, a first. Two stirring speeches addressed the topic of systemic racism in our country. Keynote speaker Ruha Benjamin, a Princeton sociologist and leading thinker on race and technology, reflecting on the higher rates of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous deaths from COVID, urged graduates to find ways to “work against injustice and work for solidarity.” At the second People of Color affinity graduation event, held on Zoom the day before, CSSW lecturer Zuleka Henderson opened with a poem to her ancestors and told graduates, “Never forget that our accomplishments happen on the roads they paved for our survival.” Please follow the links for commencement highlights and the texts of these two speeches.