There was Senior Lunch, a wonderful rite of passage for our graduating class, in which the yellow Class of 2015 was welcomed into the Alumnae Association. Following the time-honored tradition of students selecting a faculty member to speak at the lunch, Stacie
Goddard, the Jane Bishop ’51 Associate Professor of Political Science, drew on international relations theory to provide some wonderful life advice to seniors: all units are sovereign, and none are sovereign over them; you will need allies; and choose your battles carefully.
Just a few days later, we were celebrating our seniors once more at Commencement. It is always a meaningful day, assembled on the Academic Quad and surrounded by family (biological and Wellesley) and friends as we send our graduating class off into the world. Our speaker, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, told our seniors: “Minister to the world in a way that can change it. Minister radically in a real, active, practical, get-your-hands-dirty way.”
And then, this past weekend, campus was abuzz with alumnae and friends (2,700 of them!) who were here to celebrate Reunion. It was a weekend of reconnecting with old friends, laughter, and traditions such as Stepsinging and the All Class Dance Party.It was also a weekend to recognize alumnae who have dedicated themselves to Wellesley. Congratulations to Shirley Young ’55, who received this year’s Syrena Stackpole award! As one alumna said to me last weekend, “the Wellesley spirit was contagious.”
No matter if they graduated in 1940 or 2015, it was clear that the core of what it means to be a Wellesley woman endures.
I love Wellesley traditions. This morning, members of the golden Class of 2015 joined generations of Wellesley women before them by rolling their hoops down Tupelo Lane for the chance to win some serious bragging rights. The winner is said to be the first in her class to be successful—however she defines success.
Sophia Garcia ’15 not only crossed the (yellow) finish line first, she was a great sport as her classmates threw her into Lake Waban on such a chilly spring morning.
I am always interested in the story behind why a student chooses to attend Wellesley. Does she choose Wellesley because of our stellar faculty? Our picturesque campus? Our network of amazing alumnae? Is it for a specific program or an opportunity she will have on– or off– campus?
Sometimes it’s all of the above.
Earlier this week, an incoming first-year student wrote a thoughtful piece in Ms. Magazine on this very topic.
I look forward to welcoming the entire Class of 2015 to Wellesley on Monday and to hearing all of their stories.
In about a month, we will welcome our incoming class of 2015 to campus. We already know quite a bit about them—where they are from, what their interests are, why they want to come to Wellesley. We are looking forward to meeting them in person in August.
In the meantime, the Wellesley community has been sending this incoming class a fabulous Wellesley welcome. I thought you might enjoy seeing what a number of our students, faculty, and staff have been saying to this new yellow class.