On Saturday, May 14, CMC saw the Class of 2011 turn their tassels and become college graduates. The College's 64th Annual Commencement, held at Pritzlaff Field, was marked by sentimentality and excitement. Degrees were awarded to 278 undergraduates and 15 master's students.
"My feelings are mostly excited and sad," said Valedictorian Tessa Dover '11, also recognized for Outstanding Senior Thesis and Outstanding Major by the psychology department. "I'm really looking forward to the next step, but it's a bit distressing to be leaving all the people I love."
The Latin salutation, Similes Flammarum Phlegethontis (Like the Flames of Phlegethon), delivered by Alice Lyons '11 and Brian Winter '11, was an amusing tribute to the last four years that also impressed words of wisdom onto the graduating class: "Stand up for what you believe in. Follow your dreams. Never give up."
"It's been a great privilege to be surrounded by so many friends who expect so much of each other," stated Jesse Katz Blumenthal '11, who addressed the group as the class-elected speaker. He continued with praise for the "accomplishments and character of this class, and all those who have gone before us."
Keynote speaker James D. Wolfensohn, K.B.E., AO, chairman of Wolfensohn & Company L.L.C. and past president of the World Bank Group, has exhibited leadership on both national and international levels. He was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the College, sponsored by Trustee James Bemowski '76 P'07 P'09M'10 and Hilary Appel, associate dean of the faculty and professor of government. (More on Wolfensohn) Following the ceremony, graduates and their families enjoyed a champagne reception on Parents Field.
Video highlights from the day can be viewed here.
Our Flickr photo gallery can be viewed here.