Eleanor Roosevelt at Commencement, June 7, 1957

March 6, 2018
Eleanor Roosevelt with President Harold Taylor, presumably at Commencement in 1957. Courtesy of the Sarah Lawrence College Archives.

Save the date! Giving Day returns on April 4. This Giving Day, our generous trustees will match all gifts made, up to a combined gift total of $100,000. What can we do in one day? We know amazing things happen at Sarah Lawrence every day. As we look ahead to #1day4SarahLawrence, we recognize some important days in our past.

On June 7, 1957, Eleanor Roosevelt gave a rousing Commencement speech to graduating seniors and their families. Roosevelt commended Sarah Lawrence for giving its students “the power to think and to decide what they want to achieve in life.” She knew that then, as now, graduates were going into a world with “unknown territories”—but that their Sarah Lawrence experience had bestowed “tools with which to continue this education.”

Roosevelt asked the graduates to “live deeply.” She expressed the need for graduates to “recognize the need for help” and be of service. She also implored her audience to cultivate thoughtful lives of “creative production,” with “wide variety of interests.”

Every day here at Sarah Lawrence, students pursue the work of living deeply, forging academic paths—and meaningful lives—from study across disciplines. Extend the reach of the Sarah Lawrence experience when you donate on Giving Day—a day when your impact is doubled.

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Eleanor Roosevelt and President Harold Taylor at Commencement in 1957. Courtesy of the Sarah Lawrence College Archives.