In his 2020-21 Convocation address, President Hiram Chodosh proposed a challenge to the CMC community.

“Years later, when we look back at now, what is the story we would like to be able to tell?”

CMC campus

Dear CMC Community:

In response to the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and the persistent patterns of anti-Black racism, I write to express both my strongest personal support and the institution’s fullest commitment to our Black students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees. This extends to all Black Americans and all who are committed to the full and equal promise of our nation’s constitutionally protected freedoms.

Prof. Gaston Espinosa

Students began the academic year with a charge to prepare themselves for “a world that beckons for responsible leadership” at the College’s annual convocation.

CMC Convocation

The College held its annual Convocation, which officially begins the academic year at CMC. For the class of 2021, the ceremony marks the beginning of a years-long journey that will end with graduation.

“You’re standing on the precipice of a new freedom,” Rabbi Daniel Shapiro, Chaplain of The Claremont Colleges, said in his invocation. “Academic freedom to pursue your interests and freedom to structure your work-time and social activities.”

The following essay by President Hiram E. Chodosh is reprinted from the January 2017 Maadhyam, Council for Mediation and Conflict Resolution newsletter.

Secretariat Building, New Delhi, India

President Hiram E. Chodosh delivered introductory remarks and moderated a panel of Indian dignitaries at the inaugural event for Maadhyam, Council for Mediation and Conflict Resolution. The panel discussion, held January 7 at the India International Centre in New Delhi, was attended by over 300 people and focused on “Conflict and the Law: Perspectives and Challenges.” Maadhyam also published a brief essay, Depolarizing Legal Conflict by President Chodosh in its inaugural newsletter.

Prof. Diana Selig speaks at CMC's 2016 Convocation

CMC welcomed students, faculty, and staff with calls for action, activism, and an inclusive spirit of community at its 70th annual convocation on Tuesday. It was the first convocation to be held at the new Roberts Pavilion.

Freedom word cloud

Dear All:

In recent days, we have seen much debate about free expression on our campuses, in part provoked by a letter from the Dean of Students at the University of Chicago to incoming students. Some have asked about CMC’s position.

CMC President Hiram E. Chodosh speaks at 2016 Convocation

Good morning, and welcome to our Claremont McKenna Convocation for the 2016-17 academic year.

We are so excited and so grateful to celebrate the first convocation in the Roberts Pavilion.  

Let’s all please recognize George Roberts, our board, and the many generous leaders of our college and community, on whose shoulders we stand today, for helping to realize the vision for this spectacular facility.

Sharon Basso

Dear Members of the CMC Community:

I am pleased to announce that Sharon Basso, who currently serves as Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students at Lehigh University, has been selected as our new Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.