Around Town: Alumni Encourage Stanford Class of 2021 to ‘Say Yes to Everything’, Stay Connected | New


In the latest Round Town column, news from Stanford University sending out the 2021 class, new facilities at Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School, and recognition from Gunn High’s football team.

CROSSING THE FINISH LINE … The notes of “Pomp and Circumstance” have never sounded so sweet as last weekend when Stanford Universityopening ceremonies, the first held in person since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the familiar beanies, dresses and hoods filled Stanford stadium, there were marked differences from previous ceremonies, such as social distancing and the face coverings worn by guests.

The two-day event kicked off with a ceremony for masters and doctoral students on June 12. In his start address, public health expert, author and alumnus Atul Gawande the shared advice of Dr. Bob wachter, Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco: “Say yes to everything before you turn 40 and say no to everything after 40.” Gawande said that’s what he’s done in his own life. He stressed that after 40 years, people should know each other well enough to identify what matters to them and focus on that.

The graduate underclassmen had their debut exercise on June 13th. He started with the beloved Wacky walk, a tradition where students often come in disguise, and this year was no exception. Some students dressed up as gnomes, sunflowers, bananas, and Stanford ID cards (not to mention a very colorful Stanford tree mascot). Actress, screenwriter and producer Issa Rae, who hails from the class of 2007 at Stanford, was the debut speaker. The creator of the Emmy Award-winning HBO show “Precarious“credited the community she built at Stanford to her success. and encouraged graduates to stay connected.” The brilliant minds in this room will help shape culture, make this world a better place, leave a lasting legacy and do a bunch of other important stuff, ”she said.

This year, the university awarded 1,436 bachelor’s degrees, 2,171 master’s degrees and 1,103 doctorates.

A GROWING CAMPUS … the City of Ravenswood School District officially started its expansion of Cesar Chavez Ravenswood College in East Palo Alto, which was celebrated in a groundbreaking ceremony on June 17.

The $ 50 million project is backed by bonds. When complete, the Ralmar Avenue campus will feature two new 23,000 square foot buildings and a 10,000 square foot courtyard.

The district is associated with the Forever Young Foundation and Ghilotti construction to build a new 8 to 80 Zone Esports Center, a facility for students to develop skills in tech, esports, games and media, according to the foundation’s website. The center will be one of the few established by the Pro Football Hall of Famers Steve young and Jerry Rice. It will be the first of its kind at a college, according to the district.

The campus will also add a new playground being created in collaboration with the Magic Bridge Foundation. “These exciting public-private partnerships will allow us to transform the back of Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School into the restorative, engaging and active place our students deserve,” said Ravenswood School Board President. Mele Latu said in a statement.

FOCUSED ON THEIR OBJECTIVES … Gunn High School Football coach Jason miller and his team were honored by Palo Alto City Council on June 1 for their 5-0 season and social justice work off the pitch by adding their votes to the “Black lives matter“and”Stop asian hate“movements.

member of the board Lydia Kou read Miller’s proclamation, citing his work while attending Inglewood High as a star football player and coach Compton High in the playoffs after a winless season. He was hired by Gunn in 2018 to teach social sciences and was named Civic Engagement Professor of the Year. Miller instituted mandatory study meetings, introduced social justice programs, and led the team to participate in civic causes. “We recognize and applaud Jason Miller for his excellence in leadership, coaching, ethics, commitment and character,” Kou read in the proclamation.

Mayor of Palo Alto Tom dubois read the proclamation from the Gunn football team, which ended the season unbeaten for the first time since 1971. “We recognize and send a big thumbs up to the Gunn 2021 football team,” DuBois read. The players were named in the proclamation. Miller thanked the board and described his team as comprising more than just players, but also school administrators and fellow teachers.

Watch a video of the awards ceremony at the start of the meeting:


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