News & Updates

Remarks at the 2019 Commencement ceremony

June 18, 2019
Following is the prepared text of remarks by university President Marc Tessier-Lavigne for delivery at Stanford’s 128th Commencement on June 16, 2019.

President’s comments to the annual meeting of the Academic Council, May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019
At the annual Academic Council meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2019, the president, provost and other leaders outlined three strategic themes and 10 specific programmatic activities to guide Stanford in the next decade and beyond.

Focusing on What Matters

May 1, 2019
This spring’s admissions fraud scheme poses challenges for higher education.

Stanford’s new home in Redwood City

March 22, 2019
Yesterday, I joined Provost Drell, Redwood City Mayor Ian Bain, and other leaders from Redwood City, San Mateo County, and Stanford to officially open Stanford’s Redwood City campus. This was a historic moment, marking our first significant footprint outside of the main campus and a strategic investment in Stanford’s future.

On the ‘free inquiry’ executive order

March 21, 2019
Earlier today, President Trump issued an executive order calling on federal agencies to “take appropriate steps, in a manner consistent with applicable law, including the First Amendment, to ensure institutions that receive Federal research or education grants promote free inquiry, including through compliance with all applicable Federal laws, regulations, and policies.” At Stanford we have had a longstanding commitment to freedom of expression.

An update on the admissions fraud scheme

March 21, 2019
Provost Drell and I are providing a further update to our community on the steps Stanford is taking to respond to the recent admissions fraud scheme. We know that this episode has jarred the trust of many Americans in the college admissions process, and it has prompted many questions from the Stanford community. We are determined to take the right steps at Stanford to ensure the integrity of our process and to work toward rebuilding that trust.

Our unwavering support

March 15, 2019
We write to express our shock and deep sorrow following today’s attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our profound sympathies and support go out to the families and loved ones of the victims, and to all members of the Muslim community in New Zealand and around the world.

The sailing case, and our resolve

March 12, 2019
By now many of you have seen the news that Stanford’s head sailing coach was charged today, along with many others around the country, in an alleged scheme that involved payments intended to influence the admission of students to a number of U.S. colleges and universities. To the two of us, this is nothing short of appalling.

In support of our community

March 7, 2019
On many occasions over the past few years, in the context of different issues in our nation and on our campus, the two of us have tried to share an important message: Every member of our community at Stanford University is valued. Now is a time to underline that message once again.

Promoting Sustainable Solutions

March 1, 2019
Experts navigate a critical moment in energy and climate science.