On June 9th, we celebrated the graduates of the class of 2017, who together earned seventy-four bachelor’s, four master’s and three doctoral degrees in philosophy, at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Professor Michael Rosenthal toasted the graduates and wished them the well in their new ventures, and graduate Wilson Charles gave an encouraging speech to his fellow graduates. Charles reminded his fellow graduates that, “As philosophers we have a unique opportunity to make the State of Washington, the United States, and the world better by investing ourselves in creative thinking which can lead to new ideas as we are prepared to impact changes in various disciplines, such as politics, environmental policy, medicine, law, and many other institutions. Remember, Philosophers, never stop learning and creating new ideas, and fighting against injustice. The existence of our republic today is because of the path that was laid by ancient Greek philosophers, such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and we as philosophers have a responsibility to protect and preserve the ideas of freedom and democracy.” We hope all of our graduates will take these words to heart and use the skills they learned in their philosophy classes to positivity impact the world around them and their own lives.
Congratulations Class of 2017!