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Caltech's 130th Commencement Ceremony

caltech2024-06-14
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The commencement ceremony at Caltech celebrates the achievements of the Class of 2024, highlighting the progress made in diversity and scientific breakthroughs. Nvidia's CEO, Jensen Huang, addresses graduates on the importance of perseverance and AI technology. The video emphasizes the transformative impact of AI on industries, Nvidia's investments in deep learning, and the future of robotics. Personal stories of dedication and resilience are shared, inspiring graduates to pursue their passions. The ceremony concludes with recognition of scholars and the singing of the Alma Mater, symbolizing new beginnings and societal change.

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Highlights from Caltech's 130th graduation commencement ceremony.
35:59
Chair Dave Thompson congratulates the Class of 2024 and thanks families and friends for their support.
Special guests, such as Pasadena city council members, are acknowledged during the event.
Graduates have worked hard to reach this significant milestone in their academic careers.
The ceremony is filled with excitement and pride for the graduates' future endeavors.
Women at Caltech
38:23
The first class of undergraduate women entered Caltech in 1970, with nearly 3,000 women earning undergraduate degrees since then.
1,700 women have earned doctorates at Caltech, and 1,500 have undertaken post-doctoral work in the last 25 years.
Caltech has seen many distinguished women in faculty and leadership roles.
Despite challenges, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Caltech continues to make breakthrough discoveries in various scientific fields and prioritize diversity and accessibility.
Caltech highlights of 2024 graduation ceremony.
44:10
Events promoting diversity and student success were hosted, significant astronomical discoveries were made through the Kek telescope, and spacecraft missions to explore asteroids and Jupiter's moons were launched.
Caltech undergraduates were recognized in NASA's innovation challenge and initiatives like the Bill Gross Prize in Entrepreneurship were established to support student business concepts.
Generous donations were received to fund various Institute activities and the Calex Initiative for student success.
Graduates were encouraged to apply lessons and accomplishments to address global challenges and pursue unique career paths, marking the class of 2024 as poised for significant contributions.
Jensen Huang's journey as the CEO of Nvidia and his contributions to the semiconductor industry.
49:15
Huang was born in Taiwan, excelled in high school, and received awards for his work.
Nvidia is known for naming their chips after famous scientists, with the next generation to be named after Vera Rubin.
Huang expresses gratitude for recognition and honors received in the industry.
He addresses a graduating class at Caltech, emphasizing the pride and joy of academic achievements for students and their families.
Speaker expresses gratitude for family and emphasizes importance of spending time with parents.
54:40
Speaker highlights qualities of determination and sacrifice.
Speaker shares journey as a Tech CEO, emphasizing perseverance and humility in business.
Speaker discusses work at Nvidia, creation of Cuda programming model, and lessons from a canceled project.
Speaker encourages graduates to engage with AI as a significant technology of our time.
Impact of AI Technology on the Computer Industry.
59:35
AI technology is rapidly advancing and transforming the computer industry exponentially.
Students are encouraged to engage with AI due to its quick evolution and impact on all industries.
The IBM System 360 laid the foundational principles for modern computing.
The introduction of VLSI systems revolutionized chip design, enabling the creation of super giant chips and CPUs, leading to exponential growth in computing performance.
Accelerated Computing revolutionizing industry technology.
01:04:08
Offloading tasks to GPUs leads to speed-ups, cost savings, and energy efficiency.
Advancement opens up new possibilities in computer graphics, gene sequencing, and scientific computing.
Nvidia's CUDA GPUs for deep learning tasks pivotal in AI revolution.
Deep learning as a universal function learner for complex problems.
Nvidia's investment in deep learning led to the development of AI supercomputers and a shift from a graphics to an AI company.
01:08:24
The company launched the djx1 supercomputer in 2016, marking a significant milestone in their AI journey.
GPUs are now essential in the computing stack for processing large language models and creating software that surpasses human capabilities.
AI applications are evolving to be intention-driven, capable of understanding missions and orchestrating tasks similar to humans.
These advancements in AI technology are causing significant transformations in the industry.
Emergence of AI intelligence tokens in a new industry.
01:11:52
Companies are developing intelligence tokens through AI generators, likened to the Industrial Revolution.
Future industries will manufacture intelligence tokens, leading to a new computing model.
Next wave of AI involves robotics with AI having a physical world model.
NVIDIA's invention of the GPU revolutionized the computer industry, leading to robotic vehicles, humanoid robots, and robotic warehouses.
Company transitions from mobile devices to robotics.
01:16:17
Developed Deep Learning algorithm for robotics.
Emphasized resilience and agility in facing setbacks.
Shifted focus to AI and robotics computers without graphics.
Highlights importance of adaptability and perseverance in uncertain times.
Importance of dedication and prioritizing work in achieving success.
01:20:33
Encouragement to find a craft to dedicate one's life to and endure pain and setbacks.
Prioritizing life allows time for important things and leads to success.
Personal superpowers of resilience and agility emphasized for achieving goals.
Highlight on perseverance and dedication in pursuing goals.
Commencement ceremony at the California Institute of Technology.
01:30:23
Professor Thomas Rosenbaum expresses gratitude to musicians and recognizes colleagues.
Candidates for Bachelor of Science degrees are presented and conferred with degrees.
One individual celebrates 50 years of playing the organ at the Institute.
Recognition of outstanding individuals in the segment.
01:36:50
Names of individuals mentioned with applause include Rishab Bose, Seline Gabrielle, Helen Maya, Michael Turner, Brian Christopher, Amelia Hana Kim, Alex Burns, Kevin Chan, Stephanie Chen, Pearl Chen, and others.
Musical interludes were also part of the segment.
The segment concluded with the mention of names like Emma Seline, Xander James Gan, Tiba Hussein Hall, Baron Hamza, and others.
Participants are called out and applauded at the event.
01:41:45
Names include Heatherington, Delgado, Jerry Hong, Teresa, Derek Tian, Ahmed Rafi, Rohan, Sahil, Jane Neil, Leo Blatz, Jenkins, Nicholas Jimenez, Ian Phillip Alexander, Sarah Amal, Kabul Chiali, Ishan, Kanan Manav, K Neff, Mohammed Naji, Maisha, Joseph Kum, Esme Grace, Katherine Janette, Athena, Alexander Kohley, Patrick Thomas, Adam Tra, Rupa Kurinchi, Alice, Lucas, Inu, Stanton Bennett Lee, Andrew, Daniel Zichi, Eileen, Victor, Damon, Joseph Lynn, Joy Litvin, Carolyn Lou, Eric Yinka Ma, Umashanker, Tyler Huntington, Patrick Song, Kyle Shang, AIT Meta, Joseph Rafat, Bertha Alysia, Anna Meles, RI Ready, Kai Musuku, Anita Nakamura, Nathan Aaron, Tyler Oribio, Jordan, Lucas Lane Brass, Vidda, Emily Praman, John Edward Parker, Andrew Hans, AI Pasco, Ecta Mesur, Snay Patel, Ptil Patel, and Brov Patel.
The list of names is diverse and includes individuals from various backgrounds.
The event seems to have a large number of participants based on the extensive list of names announced.
Recognition of outstanding individuals at an event.
01:48:23
Names of individuals called out one by one.
Applause and music used to add excitement.
Event likely celebrating achievements or contributions of those being recognized.
Conferral of Master of Science Degrees at Caltech.
01:57:15
Faculty dean David Chan presents candidates who have met requirements for the degree.
The ceremony involves granting rights, privileges, and responsibilities to the graduates.
Names of graduates are called out for recognition and applause during the event.
Conferring the Doctor of Philosophy Degree at Caltech.
02:07:58
Candidates must complete advanced studies and independent research, followed by a final oral examination and thesis presentation.
The Faculty confirms satisfaction with meeting all requirements for the doctorate as presented by the President.
The degree is conferred with all associated rights and privileges, signifying the end of the academic journey for the recipient.
Recognition of High Achieving Scholars
02:09:30
Scholars from various academic divisions are recognized and congratulated for their accomplishments.
Names of scholars are announced and applauded for their achievements in fields such as biology and chemical engineering.
The ceremony showcases the diversity of academic disciplines represented by the scholars.
The event emphasizes the excellence of the scholars being honored.
Recognition section at an event or presentation.
02:33:14
Names announced include Chaban Dimitri and Hightower How You Lee.
Musical interludes and applause breaks are interspersed throughout.
The segment seems to be focused on acknowledging individuals in the audience.
Rupa Kin receives Mabel Beckman prize at Caltech.
02:43:11
Recognized for academic excellence, leadership, and service to the institute community.
Involved in the rise tutoring program, matching mentors with local public school students.
Contributed to building the campus community.
Caltech students Rupa, Gabby, and Joseph are excelling in leadership roles, volunteer service, mentorship, neuroscience research, and sports.
02:44:59
Rupa is passionate about computer science and conservation, aiming to work at their intersection.
Gabby plans to begin her career as a software engineer after making significant contributions to campus life.
Joseph Kim's neuroscience research focuses on encoding emotions in the brain, particularly in mice, contributing to a better understanding of emotional and neural dynamics.
Academic Achievements of Joseph and Shinan Robert Hang
02:50:46
Joseph is praised for his intellectual agility and analytical skills, graduating with degrees in computational neural systems and English.
Shinan Robert Hang wins the Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize for his innovative research on learning in the quantum universe.
Robert's work focuses on applying machine learning to quantum phenomena, with significant impact and multiple citations.
He develops a method for converting quantum systems into concise classical descriptions, enabling efficient estimation of local observables.
Transition from graduation at Caltech to new beginnings.
02:57:51
Emphasis on intense experiences and skills gained at the institution.
Ambition to advance insights for future generations and the importance of defining values.
Commencement ceremony concludes with acknowledgments and a performance by the Caltech glee club.
Freedom to reimagine lives and society as change is inevitable.
Discussion on photography techniques and gratitude towards the audience.
03:13:08
Tips on adjusting lighting, taking multiple shots, and waiting for the right moment for photography.
Speaker shares an anecdote of being mistaken for someone else.
Musical interlude included in the segment.
Brief mention of a speech and expression of gratitude towards God.