May 23rd, 2012
148th Vassar commencement
Leymah Gbowee, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, delivered the commencement address to Vassar’s 597 graduating students at the college’s Outdoor Amphitheater on Sunday, May 20, 2012 during the 148th Vassar College commencement ceremony. Photo by/JOHN ABBOTT
Poughkeepsie - President Catharine Hill presided over the 148th Vassar College commencement ceremony, conferring Bachelor of Arts degrees to 597 graduating students at the college’s Outdoor Amphitheater on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Leymah Gbowee, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, delivered the commencement address to those on hand for the event.
In Vassar’s class of 2012:
• Fifty-eight students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa for overall academic achievement. The college’s Phi Beta Kappa Prize for 2012 was awarded to Michael James Mestitz (Economics/Philosophy).
• Twenty-six graduates were elected to the Sigma Xi national honor society for the sciences.
• Six graduates were selected for both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.
• One hundred twenty graduates were awarded General Honors.
• Two hundred fifty-nine departmental honors were awarded to graduates majoring in Africana Studies (2), American Culture (1), Anthropology (5), Art History (4), Art Studio (4), Asian Studies (2), Astronomy (1), Biochemistry (3), Biology (11), Chemistry (5), Chinese (4), Classics: Greek (2), Classics: Latin (1), Cognitive Science (12), Drama (5), Earth Science (1), Economics (10), English (20), Environmental Studies (5), Film (13), French & Francophone Studies (6), Geography (3), German Studies (1), Hispanic Studies (1), History (9), Independent Program (4), International Studies (10), Italian (8), Japanese (4), Latin American & Latino/a Studies (2), Mathematics (5), Media Studies (6), Medieval and Renaissance Studies (3), Music (9), Neuroscience and Behavior (6), Philosophy (16), Physics (8), Political Science (5), Psychology (10), Religion (2), Russian Studies (3), Science, Technology & Society (11), Sociology (4), Urban Studies (7), Victorian Studies (1), and Women’s Studies (4).
Members of the class of 2012 have also been selected for a variety of outside honors, including:
• Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (study in Taiwan, Malaysia, Spain, and the United Kingdom)
• Fulbright Grant (two recipients, China and Japan)
• Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (Germany)
• Two Chinese Government Scholarships
• Two French Government Teaching Assistantships
• One Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme