Alumni

CMC Prof. Marc Massoud (pictured second from right) celebrating with Stella Ho ’97 at her wedding, along with CMC Prof. James Taylor and alumna Julie Chen Woo ’97.

In May, we are taking a moment to appreciate our impressive professors. Do you have a fond classroom memory? Or an anecdote about how a professor positively impacted your life? Now’s your chance to show your gratitude by sharing your story with us!

Please use our “Share Your Story” link to send us your memories and photos.

For inspiration, here are several CMC alumni and students who shared some favorite moments with us.

Photo collage of campus life and history

If you were one of the 86 students attending CMC in 1946, you likely sported a crew cut and were a U.S. military veteran. You chose to enroll in a brand-new college that had recently sprung up among the rocks and sagebrush of Southern California. There were only nine faculty members, and due to temporary housing delays, you might have lived barracks-style in a basement nicknamed “Coconut Grove.”

Emily Cotter ‘95 in her cap and gown with brother Erik Chan ’92 at her CMC commencement

Calling all CMC Siblings! What was it like to attend the College with your brother or sister? We want to know: Did you hang out together? Share advice? Keep tabs on each other? Please send your story to pa@claremontmckenna.edu.

For inspiration, here are a few CMC Sibling stories.

Portrait of John Snider ’77

Looking at him now, you’d think John Snider ’77 was born to handle large sums of money. After all, the focused equities fund he co-managed for the TCW Group ballooned from $700 million to nearly $9 billion on his watch. Before his 2018 retirement, Snider was a group managing director and senior portfolio manager for nearly 20 years with the investment firm founded by CMC board chair emeritus Robert A. Day ’65 P’12.

But nothing in Snider’s childhood prepared him for any of that. 

Portrait of Thomas C. Leppert ’77 by Justin Clemons Photography

The Claremont McKenna College Board of Trustees recently appointed Thomas C. Leppert ’77 a life trustee.

Leppert, who was elected mayor of Dallas in 2007, was a Claremont McKenna regular trustee for more than two decades. 

Black and white photo of Adam Wight ’00 and Sherry DeLauder Wight ‘00's CMC wedding party

Did you meet your spouse or partner as a student, or perhaps later at a CMC reunion, or via another chance encounter? We want to know the story, sparks and all! Please share your story by emailing pa@cmc.edu.

For inspiration, here are a few CMC love stories.

Photo collage of Maddie Hall '14 and Lydia (Yancan) Li '13

Two CMCers made the Forbes Under 30 lists this year. Entrepreneur Maddie Hall ’14 was the featured headliner for the Science List, and investment professional Lydia (Yancan) Li ’13 appeared on the Energy List.

Students at the Soll Center for Student Opportunity

CMC’s Class of 2020 has overcome two gigantic hurdles: a global pandemic and record unemployment.

Even while facing these unprecedented conditions, CMC graduates landed positions with leading firms, including Microsoft, Accenture, and Apple, which are among the top employers of CMC’s newest alumni. Additionally, several Class of 2020 members were admitted to elite graduate programs, including Columbia and Stanford Universities.

Impressively, median salary numbers also increased for the graduates, who reported an earned median salary of $76,750.

Steve Bullock '88 P’24
5C Giving Tuesday Logo

Claremont McKenna College is partnering with the 5Cs – Pomona, Pitzer, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd – for #GivingTuesday, an annual global celebration of generosity, to encourage philanthropic support and celebrate all of the #ClaremontConnections between the institutions.

From one-of-a-kind classes to extracurricular student groups, CMS Athletics to mentorship opportunities by a faculty or staff member at the 5Cs, collaboration and learning is integral to the Claremont College culture.

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