On Saturday, May 21, on the Boston waterfront, Lesley University honored the classes of 2022, 2021, and 2020 with its first in-person Commencement ceremony in three years. National Endowment for the Humanities Chair Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo) delivered the commencement address as the undergraduate guest speaker during the afternoon ceremony. As the parent of a Lesley alumna, celebrating a new class of graduates held special meaning for Chair Lowe.
In her remarks, Chair Lowe reflected on living with the humanities and the “stories, teachings, and experiences—individual and collective—that inform how we live, how we interact with others and the natural world, and the decisions we make, including why we make a certain decision over another.”
Watch the full address below or download the remarks as a PDF.