Justice, healing, and mercy: The class of 2019

Actor, activist Martin Sheen urges graduating seniors to build lives with meaning

They will be lawyers. They will be teachers. They will work on construction sites and in cubicles. But, without a doubt, armed with a Santa Clara education the class of ’19 is primed to support each other.  And that is what actor and activist Martin Sheen told graduating seniors makes life have meaning.

“Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not we are all responsible for each other and the world,” he said in his speech at Stevens Stadium.

“We are all called to find something in our lives worth fighting for,” he said. “The most important needs of any human being are not only food, clothing, and shelter, but the need for justice, healing, and mercy,” he said. “Without the latter the former are useless.”

Read more about commencement here. See images from the day below:

Build a Better Pipeline

Austin Gray ’19 takes initiative to increase the presence and confidence of black employees in the Silicon Valley.

 

Take Charge

For the first time ever, all six academic leadership roles are filled by women—not bad for a school that didn’t grant women degrees until 1961

Bringing Tradition Near

Kaweni Ibarra ’19 learned how to reinvigorate history when he apprenticed with a Hawaiian tattooist his senior year.

Bright Times

Sammi Bennett ’19 tap the potential of women in clean energy on her Fulbright scholarship to India.