Congratulations, Class of 2014!
On Sunday, May 18 the senior class, graduate students, and their friends and family gathered at Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater for the College’s 177th commencement. Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation, gave the 2014 commencement address. For twenty-five years the Posse Foundation has sent teams of students with extraordinary academic potential from diverse backgrounds to selective colleges and universities on full-tuition scholarships. The first cohort of Mount Holyoke Posse students graduated this year.
President Lynn Pasquerella ’80 awarded honorary degrees to Bial, bestselling author and history professor Deborah Harkness ’86, President of the Chicago Teachers Union Karen G. Jennings Lewis ’74, and physician and pioneer in the field of lesbian healthcare Dr. Patricia A. Robertson ’72.
The student address was given by Iman Abdulwassi Abubaker ’14, who shared, “We are transformed young women with a strong voice to express our identity and our beliefs. Here we come, real world; here come the women of change.”
—By Lauren Kodiak
—Photos by Deirdre Haber Malfatto
This article appeared in the summer 2014 issue of the Alumnae Quarterly.
July 14, 2014
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