More than 730 students received a Bachelor of Arts degree May 24. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)
Wesleyan held its 177th Commencement Ceremony May 24. During the event, 732 students received a Bachelor of Arts; 61 received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies; two received a Certificate of Advanced Study; 31 received a Master of Arts; and 16 received a Doctor of Philosophy. Ten other students will receive a Bachelor of Arts upon completion.
Commencement speeches, photographs and videos are now online in The Wesleyan Connection.
Commencement Address by Anna Quindlen P’07:
President’s Remarks by Michael S. Roth ’78:
Senior Class Welcome by Ravid Chowdhury ’09:
Honorary Degree Recipients remarks by Jennifer Alexander ’88, Mark Masselli and Azim Premji ’99:
Photographs of the ceremony:
Video clips of the ceremony:
Phi Beta Kappa Address by Joseph Fins ’82:
The sold out “NPR Without the Dignity” featuring Doug Berman ’84 is profiled in The Hartford Courant.
John Rhea ’87, an investment banker with an expertise in corporate finance, has been selected to head the New York City Housing Authority, which has been racked during recent years by claims of troubled financial practices. New York Mayor Bloomberg has selected Rhea in part because of his proven track record in finance and management
“The Coach” Norm Daniels passed away early on the morning of May 11. Daniels coached five different sports at Wesleyan from 1934 to 1973 and is a member of the Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame.
In a new piece for The Huffinton Post, Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth discusses a recent New York Times opinion piece by Mark C. Taylor ’68.
In a piece profiling Ron Bloom ’77, one two Obama administration auto czars, The Wall Street Journal says that Bloom has the varied experience, and the savvy approach, that makes him the right man for a very daunting job.
Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth reviews the book A Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society, 1997-2008 by Adrienne Rich in The San Francisco Chronicle. The book, a collection of essays and book reviews written by Rich during the last 12 years, displays Rich’s on-going dialogue on art, politics and social justice.
The April 27th New Yorker has a piece that in part profiles Ron Bloom ’77 who is one of two “Auto Czars” appointed by President Obama to preside over the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler as the government attempts to bail-out both companies. Bloom had previous success helping to right U.S. Steel. There is a link to a synopsis of the story here (the full text is subscriber only).
According to CBS Sports, New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has one major advantage over his peers in the NFL coaching community: a brilliant mind. According to the story, this is especially true when it comes to selecting and managing personnel and will be particularly advantageous as the annual NFL draft (April 25-26) approaches.
A piece in The New York Times discusses how applications for the Class of 2013 remained strong at the nation’s most competitive colleges, despite the economy’s recent economic recession. Mentioned in the article was Wesleyan which, unlike several liberal arts colleges, saw an increase in applications this year. In fact, Wesleyan’s dramatic increase set a record: 10,065 applications, which is up 22% over last year’s admissions cycle (which was also a record). The Times had previously written about Wesleyan’s increase in applications during the November early decision application period, which was also up a record 40% over the previous year. President Michael Roth has also written a piece for The Huffington Post on the economy’s impact on the Class of 2013 both nationally and here at Wesleyan.
This year, Wesleyan has gone to a web-based notification system for admissions. In addition to the traditional notification letters, mailed March 26, applicants received an e-mail from the university with a link to a website. The online site was created in part to give admitted students rapid access to their admissions status, and to provide them with more time to schedule a visit to the University in April.
Once at the online site, applicants were able to log in to see their admission status. The long-awaited online letters went “live” on the afternoon of Friday, March 27. The response was brisk. Within the first two hours, the site received more than 3,000 visitors. During one point the rate was over 250 visitors per minute and more than 5,600 unique log-ins the first weekend. In addition, as of Monday, March 30, 521 accepted students had joined Wesleyan’s frosh Facebook group.
Approximately 22 % of this year’s applicants have been admitted to Wesleyan, including some 350 students who were admitted during the early decision period. The class of 2013 is expected to comprise approximately 745 students.
Award-winning, best-selling author Anna Quindlen P’07, pioneering entrepreneur and philanthropist Azim Premji P’99, and two dedicated members of the Middletown community, Mark Masselli and Jennifer Alexander ’88, will be the honorary degree recipients at the 177th Wesleyan Commencement on May 24, 2009. Quindlen will also give this year’s Commencement Address.
Brad Karsh ’87 and Michael Sciola, director of Wesleyan’s Career Resource Center, are both quoted in a piece in The Wall Street Journal titled “Graduating with a Major in Go-Getting.” The article discusses a variety of strategies up-coming graduates may want to consider for their first post-commencement job search.