President Rebecca Chopp

"Swarthmore passion, so honed by critical thinking, is almost always guided by the demands and needs of the world in all its many dimensions," said President Rebecca Chopp at Swarthmore's 139th commencement, "whether it is to figure out a particular problem in math, to design a program to improve the lives of impoverished women and children, or to sculpt a new expression of beauty," "Swarthmore passion, it seems to me, is always the incredible combination of your heart's gladness and the world's great need."