MIT Commencement 2009 Part 1

Noting that the current economic crisis is but an opportunity in disguise, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick advised graduates at MIT's 143rd Commencement exercises on Friday, June 5, to take advantage of the skills they have learned at MIT to "write the next chapter of the American story."

As thousands of graduates, friends and family members, faculty, staff and others looked on under cloudy skies in Killian Court, Patrick reminded the Class of 2009 that they were a special breed - more likely to spend their time shaping the future rather than predicting it.

"Be the change you want to see in the world," the governor said. "Achieving any given ideal may demand more than any one individual's contribution, but it surely demands no less."

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2009 Commencement Videos