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Editors’ note: This summer, The Herald will publish online daily

Editors' Note

Editors’ note: This summer, The Herald will publish online daily

May 5, 2021 0 comments

The Herald will publish content on our website daily throughout the summer term.

Commencement 2021 | Sophie Culpepper ’21: Losing spring, and finding home

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Commencement 2021 | Sophie Culpepper ’21: Losing spring, and finding home

April 29, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

Before last March, I had never seen someone open a trash can with their elbows. For whatever reason, that is the detail I visualize when I recall my first impression of what would soon explode into the COVID-19 pandemic:

Commencement 2021 | Wassa Bagayoko ’21: In Deo Speramus, In God We Hope

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Commencement 2021 | Wassa Bagayoko ’21: In Deo Speramus, In God We Hope

April 29, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

Hello, my fellow graduates, friends, families, and honored guests. My name is Wassa Bagayoko,  and it is my distinct honor and deep pleasure to address you this morning.

Commencement 2021 | George Daccache ’21: This Is Life as Transit

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Commencement 2021 | George Daccache ’21: This Is Life as Transit

April 29, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

I did not first move into Brown during a pandemic, but I might as well have. As most of us have found ourselves during the past 14 months, in that moment in September 2017, taking my very first steps on College Hill, I was completely alone.

Senior Column | Liyaan Maskati ’21: Brick by brick

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Senior Column | Liyaan Maskati ’21: Brick by brick

April 29, 2021 1 comment
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

Standing on the threshold of graduation, the path ahead seems rife with uncertainty. In our years at Brown, we’ve spent our time building ourselves into a community that supports, challenges and encourages us. That’s a hard thing to let go of as we leave College Hill behind. 

Senior Column | Celia Hack ’21: Changing my metric of success

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Senior Column | Celia Hack ’21: Changing my metric of success

April 29, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

I was never someone who dreamed of moving to a big city; I remember visiting New York City when I was a kid and hating it. But my excitement to move to Brown stemmed, in large part, from a belief I hadn’t even been conscious of holding: that step one in ‘making it’ was leaving home, and the Midwest, behind.

Commencement 2021 | Augustus Kmetz ’21: Ever True

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Commencement 2021 | Augustus Kmetz ’21: Ever True

April 29, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

As a member of the Band — yeah, those sickos who wake you up early every Parent’s Weekend — I’ve heard a lot of Brown school songs (and occasionally remembered how to play them). Our fight song, Ever True to Brown, is fitting for our class of 2021.

Senior Column | Jordan Allums ’21: Beyond resisting, toward living as a Black alum

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Senior Column | Jordan Allums ’21: Beyond resisting, toward living as a Black alum

April 29, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

In high school, I once joked that I didn’t find out I was Black until my first day of sixth grade.  That is, of course, an exaggeration; my parents and my parents’ parents are Black, and I have never dissociated myself from my identity.

Senior Column | Sarah Martinez ’21: Letting go of the gold and accepting the value of the invaluable

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Senior Column | Sarah Martinez ’21: Letting go of the gold and accepting the value of the invaluable

April 28, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement MagazineThe age-old adage states that college is where you find yourself and your people. At 18, I wished fervently to “find myself” falling in love with math, championing the resolution of some low-level environmental issue, graduating with straight A’s in my […]

Senior Column | Krista Stapleford ’21: On painful beginnings and surprising self-acceptance

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Senior Column | Krista Stapleford ’21: On painful beginnings and surprising self-acceptance

April 28, 2021 1 comment
This article is part of the series 2021 Commencement Magazine

When I first arrived on Brown’s campus the day of first-year move-in, I wasn’t all that different from any of my peers chaotically flooding the University gates.