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Bloomberg to grads: 'Harness Stanford's spirit of innovation to pursue American dream'

Original post made on Jun 16, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today, June 16, urged Stanford graduates to harness Stanford's spirit of innovation to pursue the American dream for themselves, and to help extend it to others.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 16, 2013, 3:54 PM


Posted by good speech, a resident of Stanford
on Jun 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm

A good speech addressing some of the critical issues for the next generations. I am surprised that he didn't mention climate change, which he has openly blamed on the Hurricane Sandy that devastated large parts of his city.

Posted by Carrie, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm

What about the 32 oz. big gulp!

Posted by businessdecision, a resident of another community
on Jun 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Bloomberg said it is "national suicide" for the U.S. to educate foreign students and then force them to return to their home countries.
Really appropriate for a Commencement speech.
The Post says he also talked about gay marriage, another really appropriate subject for a Commencement speech.
You might ask where we are now, and how we got here.

Posted by Bob , a resident of Community Center
on Jun 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm

According to the above news story, one-third of Stanford's graduates are not American citizens. It is extremely difficult for qualified American students to get into Stanford and event Cal, for that matter. Reportedly there is a quota - very, very, very small- for even Palo Alto's top students to be admitted. Just remember what Jane Lathrop Stanford said about building the was done for "the children of California'. What is Jane thinking now??? Why are international students given such a big percentage preference?

Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Jane was living in a different century. Times change. Things change.
Even though Palo Alto hates change (things were so wonderful in Palo Alto 10/20/30/100 years ago), nothing can be done about it

Posted by Paly Parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

It is extremely difficult for excellent Paly and Gunn students to get into Stanford as well as UCs and other good schools. It is nigh on impossible for good students Paly and Gunn students to get in since all the places go to the excellent students. All good Paly and Gunn students deserve a chance to get into a good school in their own State.

Why are all these overseas students coming to California? Because the good schools want the extra fees overseas students bring.

We must do something to enable our good students accepted into Californian schools. Remember, good Paly and Gunn students would be excellent students almost anywhere else.

Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Stanford is a private school, so there is no " out of state" tuition.
Aren't students guaranteed a spot in a UC school if they have a certain rank in HS?
Please provide proof for your claims about schools wanting the money

Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Paly parent- are you also suggesting that a " good" palo alto,student should get some kind of preference just because they are from palo alto? Is a good PA student better than a good redwood city, Los Angeles or Chico student, for example?

Posted by pasuqs, a resident of another community
on Jun 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm

state of the country is poor when the best university can only get this guy to speak

Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm

The last couple of years 75% of admissions to the UC system have been California students
Web Link

Posted by Chris, a resident of University South
on Jun 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Not an issue,

Needy US undergraduates are guaranteed financial aid at Stanford.

International students generally pay sticker price.

Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

But Stanford gets their money either way. When you say generally, you must mean that some get aid also? Since Stanford is a private school they can admit whomever they want. The acceptance percentage is pretty low, but they strive for a diverse class-- which mean California, out of state and international students.
Since you seem to know, please provide the numbers for how many full payingnternational students accepted the last few years, Chris.

Posted by Stanford Alum, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I was a graduating student present at this ceremony and I thought it was the most agenda-drive political speech given at any commencement.

It certainly was not a commencement speech-it was more like a policy speech being delivered to pass his extreme liberal agenda (to the wrong audience!)

I was very disappointed as a graduating (and also an immigrant) student, to sit there on this wonderful and celebratory day to listen to a politician give us a dreadfully long speech about the "American Dream" (which he may have repeated 66 times and none of it actually made sense or was believable or relatable). Did I also mention how he kept including "inside jokes" about Stanford that he probably found from Google or from an email by a staff member?

Bottom Line: Extremely disappointed and uninspiring.

If you want someone to talk about the American Dream, find someone who has actually lived it and can come to INSPIRE not BRAINWASH!

Posted by businessdecision, a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2013 at 6:51 am

Stanford Alum, You are my dream come true; as a fellow Stanford alum, I felt sorry for you who were graduating that day, and having nothing better to hear than such terribly inappropriate (and worse) things (last night I even wondered if MB were getting senile). I wanted a graduating student to say something like this.

I am glad Stanford speakers have usually been good to great and am trying not to draw too many conclusions from what went on Sunday with MB.

Posted by Chris Gaither, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

Very poor choice for a speaker. Who wants to listen to such a one sided political speech on their graduation day from someone who is undoubtedly campaiging for his next office due to term limits! He would never get my vote for President, so don't even attempt it. I couldn't believe his references to Palo Alto, and Stanford hangouts -very obvious he attempted to cram about the area. The immigration campaign was way out of line for a graduation speech. He could have simply made reference to the challenge, and left it at that - instead, he went on, and on about the issue.

Alas, Steve Jobs had the best and most memorable speech thus far in recent times.

Stanford, go for Mark Cuban next year - much more inspirational!

Posted by Stanford Grad, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Does the senior class still select the speaker? At my daughter's graduation, the speaker was Ted Koppel--now there was a fine commencement address! But Bloomberg? A speech filled with local references--the best research a rich guy could buy. Too bad we live in such a benighted area, too. Stanford was wise to withdraw from the NYC project--a disaster waiting to happen. Too bad whoever selected Bloomberg selected Bloomberg.