President Reif to Class of 2020: “All of Us Together Will Make a Better World”

Published in MIT News on August 30, 2016, by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office

“I hope you will join us in facing the challenge of building a better MIT — and a better world,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif told the Class of 2020 at yesterday's Freshman Convocation, the annual welcoming ceremony for Institute’s incoming undergraduates.

President Reif joined three professors — who are also MIT alumni — in offering words of wisdom and encouragement to the new students, about finding personal and academic success during their time at the Institute.

Humanity, Reif said, is facing serious challenges in areas such as climate change, energy, disease, and poverty. “And MIT is a magnificent human machine for inventing the future. But MIT invents the future thanks to its students … which is why we are we are lucky to have you. And all of us together will make a better world,” Reif said.

The welcoming ceremony was held in a large tent in front of Kresge Auditorium and featured a performance of the song “In Praise of MIT” by the MIT Chorallaries, a student a cappella group. Reif personally greeted the new students and their families at the end of the convocation, and the students then proceeded to introductory luncheons at their residence halls. In March, the Institute admitted 1,485 students from 49 states and 65 countries to the Class of 2020...

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