"Sweeney’s work has consistently shed light on issues at the intersection of technology & society well before they were considered common knowledge... [Her] contributions to computer science combined w/her commitment to civic engagement reflect the core of Haverford’s values."
"Whether you were previously aware of her work or not, Professor Sweeney’s staunch support of- and work advocating for- careful privacy practices have had an impact on the privacy of your personal information via the health privacy legislation HIPAA and her time at the FTC."
"There is no more powerful testimony to Joan’s impact than individuals like Ruben and Ralph Alexis ['13], two young men from earthquake-ravaged Haiti, whom Joan & her husband Michael supported through their childhood, & who went on to graduate from Haverford a few years ago."
"@phillyfutures supports low-income, 1st-generation students through college w/a combination of academic & financial support, mentorship, & no small amount of love. To this organization, Joan brought organizational savvy & drive... [She] also brought her heart."
"There is no better moment than Commencement to reflect on the value of a college education. To all those who have worked so hard to be here today, the future is bright. ... We might also reflect on how elusive this opportunity remains for many young people across the country."
Beaming proud of @haverfordedu graduates today, including @alliyahmaee who just addressed her own commencement as speaker. From first year writing student to author/artist in her own right. Joyful to see her paths open and immense efforts honored. Congrats!!
The great open secret of gratitude is that it is not dependent on external circumstance. It’s like a setting or channel that we can switch to at any moment, no matter what’s going on around us... Gratitude is the kernel that can flower into everything we need to know.”
Alliyah concludes by saying, "Finally, I would like to ask you all, my friends, to prepare yourselves. Prepare yourselves to show the world, again and again, who you are. But when you show them, remember to have fun, remember to love, & most importantly remember to be a friend."
"I would not be walking across this stage had it not been for my friends. From the very first day, my best friends have been there urging me to finish my schoolwork-- on time--making me laugh when I’m stressed & overwhelmed, & supporting me with every new challenge I take on."
To Alliyah, "this degree is definitely a symbol of academic excellence and an indicator of leadership skills. But as we stand here today, beautiful and strong, this degree is also a marker of our commitment to be good students, good people, and most importantly good friends."
She asks her fellow graduates to consider what their degree means to THEM (not their parents or job prospects). "Is it solely another piece of paper? Is it the marker of your intelligence, hard work, and creativity? Does it speak to your challenges? Or just to your successes?"
We are SO EXCITED about Commencement tomorrow! We can't wait to celebrate #haverford18! If you're looking for a schedule of events, details about parking or photography, or information about the honorary degree recipients, look no further: https://www.haverford.edu/commencement
Do you know how to “decode” Commencement regalia? Kim Benston wears a light blue robe (indicating his Ph.D from Yale) w/a dark blue-bordered hood (for his Doctor of Philosophy degree) & 4 bars on his sleeve (as College President) edged in Haverford scarlet. #haverford18