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University President John Hennessy at lectern, with faculty on stage, at Stanford's 125th Opening Convocation / L.A. Cicero

Convocation: What it means to be part of Stanford

Drawing on inspiration from some of the world's greatest leaders and thinkers, Stanford President John Hennessy urged incoming students to open their minds, expand their horizons and follow their passions during their time at Stanford.    

Young man helping a small boy with his school work. / Photo: Joy Leighton

Stanford launches initiative to strengthen commitment to public service

A new initiative, Cardinal Service, builds on the university's longstanding commitment to public service by elevating and expanding opportunities to weave service more deeply into the distinctive identity and culture of the Stanford student experience.

Farouk Dey / L.A. Cicero

BEAM, Stanford Career Education, reflects new focus on connections and meaningful work

Career educators at BEAM connect with students – undergraduates as well as graduate students – to help them explore career paths, identify and apply for opportunities, and cultivate personalized networks that shape their professional journeys.

whooper swans in flight / Gertjan Hooijer/Shutterstock

Stanford engineers find secret to steady drone cameras in swan necks

By solving how whooper swans keep their heads steady during flapping flight, Stanford engineers have developed a camera suspension system that could allow drones to produce crisper video images.  

display of the three books in the summer reading program / L.A. Cicero

Resilience is the theme of Stanford's summer reading program for incoming students

Members of the Class of 2019 are reading books selected by President John Hennessy. The Three Books program serves as an intellectual springboard for freshmen and transfer students.

Golden and Firestone medals /  Courtesy Undergraduate Advising and Research

Graduating seniors awarded 2015 Firestone and Golden medals, Kennedy Thesis Prize

Graduating seniors recently received the 2015 Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Creative Arts, and the David M. Kennedy Honors Thesis Prize for their undergraduate capstone projects.

members of the Stanford Conductorless Orchestra / Allison Semrad

Stanford student group reshapes music-making hierarchy

Twenty-four musicians experiment with collaborative leadership in their new conductorless ensemble, SCOr.

prospective freshmen chatting / L.A. Cicero

Prospective Stanford students enjoy Admit Weekend on the Farm

The Stanford campus was awash in Cardinal spirit last week when prospective freshmen and their families came to campus for Admit Weekend 2015.  

Stanford students planting trees

Sense of youthful purpose driven by action, passion, says Stanford researcher

Stanford education Professor William Damon says that research shows that while young people can sometimes struggle with a sense of purpose, they are likely to find it in concrete and action-oriented goals.

Mischa Shoni in the studio / Courtesy Mischa Shoni

Stanford undergrads explore the power of storytelling with audio documentaries

From orphans in Ghana to drag queens in San Francisco – Stanford students in a storytelling program have learned about communities, events and traditions both foreign and familiar. In April the latest audio documentaries will be aired on campus radio station KZSU and released online on the Stanford Storytelling website.