President Marx speaking at a podium

May 22, 2005 

Under cool damp skies on the quadrangle, 409 men and women received bachelor of arts degrees today at Amherst College. In his traditional address Amherst President Anthony W. Marx spoke about a founder of the college, Noah Webster. The lexicographer Webster’s “aim was always clear: Terras Irradient; to illuminate the world; not the more constrained Communitas irradient, which arguably would have been more ‘realistic.’ Graduates, how often you will be told in coming years to be ‘realistic.’ I hope you are told this; it will be a sign you are pursuing your ideals.”

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