Commencement

Arthur Brooks

“A small minority,” cautions Arthur Brooks, “benefits from telling people that they are unsafe and should be afraid.” They drive a “culture of contempt” that can be cured by an approach that seems obvious but has proved elusive: reminding people to treat others with respect, and that the free exchange of ideas is a foundation of our political system.

Timothy Wright

CMC was a natural fit for Timothy Wright ’77, who was both a student government leader and football standout at Compton High School. Wright also planned to use CMC to continue a passion for service inspired by the community involvement of his parents.

Lindsay Burton

A crucial test of the leadership skills Lindsay Burton ’19 developed at CMC came last summer, during the month of intensive training ROTC cadets go through in Fort Knox, Kentucky, to qualify for commissioning.

After two weeks of sleeping on the ground in the woods and eating meals out of a bag, Burton said she didn’t feel ready for what came next. Her training officer asked her, as a platoon leader, to conduct an area defensive (an exercise where cadets must hold a position against an opposing force)—something she had never done before.

Arthur Brooks

Public policy scholar and author Arthur C. Brooks will be the featured speaker at Claremont McKenna College’s 72nd commencement ceremony, to be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18.

Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, will be the featured speaker at Claremont McKenna’s 71st annual Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, on Pritzlaff Field.

Patrick Conroy

In his first year at CMC, Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives Patrick Jay “Pat” Conroy ’72 found an early calling – in an Improvisational Theatre class at Scripps College.

Improv performers must work their way out of an unknown situation by rapidly finding a common bond with those around them. Conroy, both cerebral and sociable, was hooked. “I knew I would pursue a public career, not a private one,” Conroy said, and improv fit his desire to perform and connect.

Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, will be the featured speaker at Claremont McKenna College’s 71st annual Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

CMC commencement

Seventy is a nice, solid round number and will be forever memorable to the Claremont McKenna College Class of 2017 as Saturday, May 13 – a beautiful spring day – marked the College’s 70th annual Commencement ceremony.

Graduates convened on Pritzlaff Field to prelude music from the Artisan Brass Quintet. Many seemed to have a quiet glow about them; one that comes from knowing four years of hard, rewarding work is over and the next exciting phase of their lives is about to begin.

Wes Moore

Claremont McKenna College announced today that Wes Moore, a decorated Army combat veteran, Rhodes Scholar, best-selling author, and CEO of BridgeEdU, a national initiative focused on closing gaps in college completion and career opportunities, will be CMC’s 2017 Commencement speaker. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 13, at Claremont McKenna College and will mark the 70th CMC Commencement.

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