Speeches & Writings

Remarks at 2018 Convocation ceremony

September 20, 2018
Remarks by Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne at the 2018 Convocation ceremony.

President's Column: Deepening Our Global Imprint

September 1, 2018
An ideal moment to reexamine Stanford’s engagement around the world.
Stanford Magazine, July 2018

President's Column: Setting a Vision

July 1, 2018
A collaborative process leads to priorities for navigating a dynamic future.

Remarks at 2018 Commencement ceremony

June 17, 2018
Remarks by university President Marc Tessier-Lavigne at Stanford’s 127th Commencement on June 17, 2018.

President's Column: Home Grown

May 9, 2018
True to its roots, Stanford seeks to strengthen community bonds.
Stanford Magazine - March 2018

President's Column: Why Higher Education Matters

March 28, 2018
Our success depends on increasing access, fostering openness and serving society.

Notes from the Quad: The long-range planning white papers

February 1, 2018
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell announce the release to the university community of 37 white papers summarizing more than 2,800 ideas and proposals submitted in Stanford's long-range planning process.

Notes from the Quad: In memory of Ben Barres, a personal tribute

December 27, 2017
As we mourn today the loss of our colleague and dear friend Ben Barres, I thought it would be fitting to share a piece that I wrote in tribute to Ben almost a year ago. I was honored to deliver it as an introduction to a symposium held in Ben’s honor on January 12, 2017.

Notes from the Quad: The tax bill and Stanford

December 20, 2017
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed tax reform legislation that now awaits the president's signature. For higher education, the final bill contains mixed news. At Stanford, our attention now turns to addressing the effects of this legislation on our community.

President's Column: Thinking Boldly

December 8, 2017
Rejecting complacency, the Stanford community imagines our future.