Whitman to graduating seniors: Love what you do

Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer of eBay, Inc. and a Princeton trustee, addressed more than 1,000 graduating seniors at the Baccalaureate service on Sunday, June 2.

In her speech, Whitman encouraged the Class of 2002 to "always love what you do," but also to approach careers and all aspects of life with integrity, respect and total effort. She also reminded the seniors of their special responsibility to help others.

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The Baccalaureate is an end-of-the-year ceremony focused on members of the senior class. Held in the University Chapel, Baccalaureate includes prayers and readings from various religious and philosophical traditions.

Whitman guided the expansion of eBay from a small, U.S.-focused Internet trading site to a global marketplace with 46 million registered users and more than $9 billion in gross merchandise sales.

A member of the class of 1977, Whitman has a record of commitment to the University, including service as a trustee since 2000. She and her family are making a gift of $30 million toward the construction of a new residential college to be called Whitman College, which will allow the University to expand the undergraduate student body and to provide more varied educational and social opportunities. Whitman also is on the steering committee of Princeton's Women In Leadership Initiative, an effort launched in 1998 to encourage alumnae to participate as philanthropists and volunteers.

Previous Reunions/Commencement photos:
Reunions May 30-31 | P-rade June 1

Above: Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman and Trustee Meg Whitman prepare for the Baccalaureate Service in Nassau Hall Faculty Room. Below: More than 1,000 seniors gathered in the University Chapel for the service.

photos: Evelyn Tu



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