MIT President Reif Addresses the Class of 2013
June 7, 2013: President Reif's charge to "hack the world" to be a little more like MIT. #MIT2013
- "As you go out into society, I want you to change the source code. Rewire the circuits. Rearrange the molecules. Reformulate the equation. In short, I want you to hack the world ... until you make the world a little more like MIT. More daring and more passionate. More rigorous, inventive and ambitious. More humble, more respectful, more generous and more kind." - L. Rafael Reif, President of MIT
Round 1: Snowball Fight. Round 2: Rain!
- "The last time I was out here with a big group of people, we were having a huge snowball fight. I know that many members of the class of 2013 were part of it. To those of you who got me wet: This is my revenge!"
Welcome to the Family
- "Let me start by welcoming you, again, to the MIT family — even though you joined our family the moment you registered as an MIT student for the very first time. And this is no ordinary family."
Be Famous for How you Treat People
- "Today, I can tell you for certain that the world will respect you for what you know. And for what you know how to do. But I also want the family of MIT to be famous for how we treat people: Famous for sympathy, humility, decency, respect and kindness."
Hack the world
- "In short, I want you to hack the world ... until you make the world a little more like MIT."
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