This week, the Class Day speaker for Commencement 2017 has been announced, and its Theo Epstein YC ’95!
With all the buzz about the upcoming Commencement, we can’t help but look back at last year’s Class Day, with Samantha Power DC ’92 giving a thoughtful and meaningful speech.
Samantha Power began her career as a journalist, before working at Harvard University. During this time, she won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for her book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, a study of U.S. foreign policy in response to genocide. In 2008, she joined Obama’s State Department transition team. Working in the State Department and the National Security Council, she primarily focused on human rights and United Nations reform. She served a pivotal role in the Obama administration’s decision to intervene in Libya. She served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017. And in 2016, Forbes’ listed Power as the 41st most powerful woman in the world.
If you never got a chance to watch Samantha Power’s Class Day speech, or you simply want to rewatch your favorite parts, you can do so here!