Amherst President Biddy Martin To the Class of 2013: “Hold To Your Desire for Poetry”

Submitted on Thursday, 6/26/2014, at 2:42 PM

May 26, 2013

New Amherst alumni celebrate Commencement (photo by Rob Mattson)

AMHERST, Mass. — Quoting the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, Amherst President Biddy Martin today exhorted the graduating members of the Class of 2013 in her annual Commencement address to remain true to their liberal arts educations, and “hold to your desire for thought, hold to your desire for poetry.” The themes of seeing beauty in the everyday via poetry and “putting together a good life with others,” as Martin put it, were echoed in an at-times humorous and poignant speech by Reilly A. Horan, of Darien, Conn., who was chosen by her classmates to deliver the student address during the college’s 192nd Commencement.