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All Good Things: Dr. Jeremy Haefner's Commencement Address to the Class of 2018

June 21, 2018

The following is a modified transcript of Provost Jeremy Haefner's 2018 Commencement address. 

star trek crew plays pokerAll good things.

All good things come to an end.

This well-known proverb can be traced back to 1374 in Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem Troilus and Criseyde. Of course, since that time, the phrase has appeared in movie titles, popular songs, books, blogs and so on.

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

June 27, 2017

The following is a transcript of remarks given at RIT's 132nd Commencement Ceremonies in May, 2017.

Inscribed in stone at the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial down in Washington D.C. are the words “We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

Dr. King used these powerful words, originally spoken by abolitionist minister Theodore Parker, many times to inspire meaningful hope in the context of reality.

It is that time of the year again …

May 19, 2014

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."

-Franklin D. Roosevelt


If you have this frightening feeling that the pace of life is accelerating at an increasing rate, then chances are you are in the midst of middle spring at RIT. Once spring break occurs, hold on to your handlebars - commencement is just around the corner but there are a gazillion events that occur before graduation.