Turning the Corner

Dear CMC Campus Community:

I hope you and yours had a fun, rejuvenating holiday break. We are really excited to have you all back on campus.

After a challenging, fulfilling, and successful 2022, we also wish you and your families health, happiness, peace, and prosperity in 2023.

As the sun rose on January 2nd, Priya and I joined hundreds of CMCers to celebrate our 75th Anniversary at the 134th Rose Parade (Turning the Corner). We were moved to see a small sample of our outstanding student body represent CMC. They charmed the crowds and global television audience from the College's award-winning float, “Launching Responsible Leaders” (recipient of the Golden State Award). The brilliance, social warmth, competitive spirit, and responsible leadership commitments of our students struck us as just what the country needs. This year. And for many to come.

Stacey Leyva ’26, as but one exemplar, grew up watching the Rose Parade on television. She captured CMC’s scrappy youth and exciting trajectory through her participation as a nod to “the underdogs.” Stacey aspires to become a constitutional lawyer and someday serve on the bench in order to apply the “promised principles of our democracy to establish justice.” As a CMC student, she is “working for something great.”

All of us now turn the corner of the new year.

We build on the momentum of 2022. We honor all who have supported us. We contribute to one another and to the world we serve, as we pursue our singular mission.

The new Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences. The Robert Day Sciences Center. The expanded Roberts Campus. The new installations of public art by Jeppe Hein and Pae White. The Campaign for Responsible Leadership. The expertise and impact of our outstanding faculty on the critical issues of our time. The competitive success of our students. From Model UN to the Student Investment Fund, our Stags and Athenas in CMS. The dedicated work of our staff to expand student opportunities. The Athenaeum’s outstanding line-up, starting with our very own Tamara Lawson ’92, dean of the University of Washington School of Law and our upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Speaker.

These programs, accomplishments, and learning opportunities build our CMC float, our platform, our launching pad for our 2023 contributions of responsible leadership.

We turn the corner. We work for something great.

Very best,


Hiram E. Chodosh
Claremont McKenna College