Gathering Together, Heading Out

A photo shows the class of 2022 seated in the tent and looking toward the stage as Melisa Campos ’22 delivers the student speech at commencement.

Melisa Campos ’22 delivers the student speech at commencement.

Melisa Campos ’22 delivers the student speech at commencement.

May 27 was a joyful day as Wellesley celebrated the class of 2022. “I am so proud of all of you for having overcome the many challenges of COVID-19 and arriving at this beautiful moment,” said President Paula A. Johnson. Speakers offered words of wisdom to the 558 students in the tent—members of a class that has vividly demonstrated resilience in the face of hardship. Student speaker Melisa Campos ’22 said, “Continue to be vulnerable, to speak your truth, to unapologetically take up space, to show up during the storms and rainbows as your most authentic selves—your highest selves! In those ways, we will transform and change the hearts and minds of many people in beautiful ways.” Commencement speaker (and astrophysicist) Nergis Mavalvala ’90, dean of MIT’s School of Science, offered a three-part charge: “If it’s broken, fix it! If it doesn’t exist, invent it! And always, always, pay it forward, with love, and bring along outsiders and outliers!” The purple class of 2022 gave her a standing ovation. They walked across the stage to collect their diplomas. And off they went.

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