Class of 2022 gathers for traditional Baccalaureate ceremony
Since Yale’s first century, Yale College seniors and faculty have gathered before Commencement for the Baccalaureate ceremony, a ceremony with a Baccalaureate sermon at its heart. The sermon of days past has given way to an address by Yale’s president and the readings of sacred texts.
In his address to the Yale College Class of 2022, Yale President Peter Salovey told the graduates that, now more than ever, the world needs their scholarship, their skepticism, and their intellectual prowess. It also needs their “intellectual humility.”
“As graduates, it behooves you to carry forth the inquisitive attitude you have forged here at Yale into the world; to carry forth your insistence on pushing opinions—including your own—beyond the confines of comfort; your resolve to strengthen your reasoning through personal investigation and civil discourse,” he said.
“Wisdom is rooted in this willingness—this responsibility—to entertain ideas brought to you by others. To listen carefully. To think critically. To challenge your views—and then to change them when the discovery of truth demands it.”