The University of Chicago’s Convocation weekend began with Class Day on Friday, with speakers encouraging graduates of the College to thank those who helped, rely on the heart and not just the head, and support institutions as well as hold them accountable.
Invited speaker Valerie Jarrett, a distinguished senior fellow in the University of Chicago Law School, congratulated the Class of 2018 while also reminding them of the responsibilities that come with attending a top university.
“Use your voices to stand up for core values. You must commit to do this, not only when there is a chorus with you and it is easy, but when you are the first to speak up and it is hard,” said Jarrett, the longest-serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama.
Jarrett encouraged students to listen to their inner voice to discover a satisfying life, but that once they found that voice, to recognize their responsibility to challenge the status quo.