Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W Tompkins once again joined Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian for Harvard University’s 371st Commencement. Following a two-year pause of in-person celebration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the esteemed annual event returned with a program that was as joyful as it was teeming with audacious, history-making leaders. Receiving one of seven honorary degrees and delivering a powerful keynote address, the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, led an equally impressive list that included: Gloria Steinem, writer, political activist, and legendary American feminist; Vicki L. Ruiz, Distinguished Professor emerita of history and Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine, widely recognized as a preeminent historian of Latina Americans; Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, microbiologist and general director of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Institut National pour la Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) and president of the newly formed Congolese Academy of Science; Martha C. Nussbaum, JF ’74, Ph.D. ’75, RI ’81, who has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Oxford, but has since 1995 made her academic home at the University of Chicago; William Julius Wilson, Geyser University Professor emeritus and a leading member of Harvard’s scholarly community since 1996, when he joined the Harvard Kennedy School faculty after nearly a quarter-century at the University of Chicago and earlier service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; and José Andrés, chef, restaurant owner, food entrepreneur, and the founder of World Central Kitchen, which provides meals to those in need in the wake of natural disasters and is now. Chef Andres was unable to attend to receive his honors because he is currently fully engaged in the relief effort in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion. Among the other luminaries attending the commencement exercises was recently-confirmed history-making Supreme Court of the United States Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.