Larry Diamond, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, will give the Class Day lecture at Stanford’s 2012 commencement. A tradition at Commencement Weekend for more than three decades, Class Day features a "final lecture" from a renowned Stanford professor. Diamond is professor by courtesy of political science and sociology at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on democratic development and postconflict democracy building. In 2007, he was named Teacher of the Year by the Associated Students of Stanford University for teaching that “transcends political and ideological barriers.”
“We believe that Professor Diamond's very timely work on democracy and the rule of law will be of great interest and import and that his perspective on the issues that we will face as graduating seniors will be invaluable,” the senior class presidents said. “Professor Diamond is very excited to be addressing the Class of 2012, and we know he will make the most of the opportunity to impart his wisdom to us and our classmates, as well as our friends and family in attendance.”
Former Stanford alum Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, NJ, will be the 2012 commencement speaker at Stanford University. Twenty years ago, Mayor Booker received a BA in political science from Stanford, followed by an MA in sociology in 1992. Speaking at the baccalaureate ceremony will be Sister Joan Chittister, one of today's most noted Catholic voices.
Stanford's 121st commencement, Class Day lecture, and baccalaureate ceremonies are part of the celebration for graduates, their families and friends, and members of the Stanford community. The baccalaureate ceremony will be held on the Main Quad; the Class Day lecture will be held in Maples Pavilion, both on Saturday, June 16. Commencement will be held in the Stanford Stadium on Sunday, June 17.
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