Celebrating the Class of 2013

They came from 85 different countries, all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and from 90 of Indiana’s 92 counties.

Their class–IU Bloomington’s Class of 2013–included 17 sets of twins, two sets of triplets and one set of quadruplets. Its oldest graduate was 64; its youngest, 17. As IU President Michael A. McRobbie noted in his commencement remarks, this remarkably accomplished class also featured a Churchill Scholar, a Truman Scholar, two Goldwater Scholars, an Olympic bronze medalist and the senior members of IU’s men’s basketball team, who led IU to its first Big Ten championship in two decades.

All told, more than 8,500 students received their degrees during undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies at IU Bloomington this past weekend, and when they weren’t sharing their own personal thoughts, feelings and remembrances on Twitter and Facebook, they were receiving some thoughtful advice from this year’s distinguished commencement speakers, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Alecia DeCoudreaux, IU alumna and the first black female president of Mills College in Oakland, Calif.

“The new digital age”

Together, the members of this year’s graduating class comprised the first generation of students born into and raised in what McRobbie described in his commencement address as “the new digital age.”

“You have grown up with the presence of the Internet and have never known life without it,” McRobbie told the Class of 2013. “This is a world vastly different from the one in which your parents grew up and one that your great grand parents likely would not even recognize. This is a world in which instant access to information is literally at your fingertips. This is a world in which you can blog, tweet and text from nearly anywhere.

“In fact, some of you are probably texting right now.”

Remembering Lauren

Prior to delivering his remarks, President McRobbie took a moment at the start of Saturday’s ceremonies to remember Lauren Spierer, who, sadly, went missing in June 2011 and would have graduated with this year’s class.

“On this day when we celebrate both the past accomplishments of our students and the promising future upon which they are about to embark, I ask that all of us keep Lauren and members of her family in our thoughts,” McRobbie said.

An emotional day 

Commencement 2013 made for an emotional couple of days, as evidenced by the tears and smiles and goosebumps and glee that filled Assembly Hall on Friday and Saturday.

Here’s a look back at a very special commencement as we congratulate the Class of 2013 and wish its members well as they prepare to embark on an exciting new chapter in their lives. Thanks for making all of us proud.


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