10th Annual Commencement Colloquy
The 10th annual President’s Commencement Colloquy was held May 25 at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. The audience filled the concert hall to capacity to listen as the Institute’s 2012 honorary degree recipients—leaders from each branch of the U.S. government, along with pioneers in the business and academic sectors—took part in a lively discussion titled “Honoring Tradition, Responding to a Changing World,” moderated by President Shirley Ann Jackson. The colloquy participants included Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia; U.S. Secretary of Energy and 1997 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics Steven Chu; former U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon; artificial intelligence pioneer and renowned computer scientist Edward A. Feigenbaum; and digital camera inventor and pioneer in digital imaging, U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient, and Rensselaer alumnus Steven Sasson ’72. “At Rensselaer we ask, ‘Why not change the world?’ On this, the 10th anniversary of the President’s Commencement Colloquy, we are honored to be joined by an extraordinary array of leaders who have done just that. Each has shaped and changed our world. All have interesting stories to tell and life lessons to share,” said President Jackson.
To view the colloquy, go to www.youtube.com/user/rpirensselaer and click on “President’s Commencement Colloquy.”