PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — College is a time for fearless exploration. What if life after graduation were the same?
In separate Commencement speeches, two graduating seniors at Brown University will encourage an audience of peers, family members and friends to approach life after college exactly as they approached their academic journeys at Brown — with an open mind, a willingness to fail and an eye toward making a positive impact on the world.
Kailiang Fu, a double concentrator in history and applied math-computer science, and Margherita Micaletti-Hinojal, a double concentrator in political science and philosophy, will share their remarks at the University Ceremony on Sunday, May 28, during Brown’s Commencement and Reunion Weekend. Their senior orations build on a 255-year University tradition of elevating student voices at Commencement.
Per custom, the orators were selected through a rigorous review process that began with a call for nominations in Fall 2022. Fu and Micaletti-Hinojal were part of a large group of nominated Class of 2023 students who submitted sample speeches; later, they were among a handful of finalists selected to deliver proposed addresses to a committee of faculty and students.
Though Fu and Micaletti-Hinojal had never met until this month, they’ve had remarkably similar journeys at Brown.
Both were born outside the United States: Fu in China and Micaletti-Hinojal in Spain. Both chose Brown for its unique Open Curriculum, making use of its signature flexibility to discover unexpected passions. Both planted deeper roots in Providence after engaging with children in local public schools. And both hope their words will inspire classmates to explore career opportunities and hobbies as enthusiastically as they explored diverse academic subjects, volunteer positions, startup ventures and clubs at Brown.