Hats Off to the Graduates

Per usual, the bagpipers were a-piping as the graduates processed onto the field to mark the beginning of Carnegie Mellon's 112th Commencement ceremony.

This year the grads were joined by keynote speaker Eric Schmidt, chairman of the board and CEO of Google Inc. During his speech, Schmidt touched on the opportunities this generation of graduates will have as a result of new technologies - many of which were invented by Carnegie Mellon people.

He also encouraged the new grads to throw out their life plan and take advantage of opportunities as they arise, stating that "you cannot plan innovation; you cannot plan invention. All you can do is try very hard to be in the right place and be ready."

And there's no doubt that this year's graduates are already on their way to becoming some of the greatest innovators of all time.

Schmidt was also one of five people to receive an honorary degree at the ceremony. The other recipients were Thomas Detre, M.D., Keith Lockhart (MFA'83), Phylicia Rashad and Harold Shapiro.

President Cohon and student speaker Allison Lukacsy (A'09) also left a few inspirational words for the class of 2009.

And Scotty made her Commencement debut, scurrying onto the field to cheer on the graduates. After comedian and canine enthusiast Bill Cosby spoke at Commencement in 2007, he was inspired to give the university its first live mascot.

Be sure to check out a GigaPan image of the event. Don't forget to zoom-in, tag yourself and share your story. You can also watch our Commencement 2009 playlist on YouTube or download Schmidt's speech on iTunes U.

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