COMM Commencement 2021

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Message to Graduates

Dear 2021 Graduates from the Department of Communication,

Congratulations! In your time at Stanford, you’ve studied the ways that communication techniques and technologies shape who we are, how we govern ourselves, and what kinds of cultures we inhabit. Knowing how to think about those questions is increasingly important, especially in an era marked by new stresses on social, economic, and political institutions.

The degree you’re receiving has many facets. Faculty in the department believe that a degree in Communication should give graduates:

  1. a knowledge of media communication systems and how they work;
  2. critical thinking skills and research techniques that can be applied across multiple domains;
  3. a fund of self-knowledge and moral development;
  4. the ability to participate effectively as citizens in a highly mediated world;
  5. a robust intellectual and professional network;
  6. the ability to signal the quality of their intellects and achievements with their degrees;
  7. and above all, an intrinsic love of learning.

Our faculty wish you the best and celebrate all you’ve accomplished as students and the promise of what you’re set to discover as alums.


Jeremy Bailenson, Director of Graduate Studies
James T. Hamilton, Chair
Fred Turner, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Graduation Program