Kennedy School Graduate Delivers Address on “Ghosts in the Yard”

June 7, 2007
Doug Gavel

Kennedy School graduate Richard Lawrence Robert Crowder delivered the graduate English address, “Ghosts in the Yard,” at the University commencement exercises in Harvard Yard.

In his address, Crowder referenced those “ghosts” in ones’ past, “those people who have been instrumental in bringing us to Harvard, people who guided us in our lives, people we wish could be with us, but cannot.” He spoke eloquently of his two grandfathers and namesakes, who both fought in World War I and whose spirit, he said, influenced his decision to become a diplomat.

“How can we respond to their call?,” he asked. “Harvard has shown me how varied and powerful those calls can be…There is a sense of possibility which pervades this place and which can make each of us rise to the call of our ghosts.”

Crowder earned a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Kennedy School. He will work on the foreign policy staff at the European Union in Brussels.


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