New College grads, many in costume, hear powerful keynote message

"Jennifer Granick, herself a New College 1990 graduate, delivered a powerful commencement address concerning threats to the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and what constitutes illegal searches and seizures in the Internet age.

As Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, Granick expressed strong views on governmental invasion of privacy. She received loud applause from the students for her atypical graduation speech, which was preceded by her acceptance of an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, the first ever awarded by New College, from President Donal O'Shea.

"You look around you at the world that my generation and the generations before me have given you, and whatever your issue, climate change, animal rights, poverty, the death penalty, immigration, you see the need for political activism, maybe even radicalism," Granick said."