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Wesleyan Holds 178th Commencement May 23

Seven-hundred-and-six students received Bachelor of Arts degree during Wesleyan University's Commencement Ceremony May 23.

“When you build something from scratch, you acquire a depth of understanding that no ‘professional,’ no management expert can match. There are few better ways to learn about yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, than building something from scratch. There is no better mirror.”

This observation recounting specific experiences – the building of a restaurant, and later, the creation of a political campaign – also served as a metaphor for the moment at hand. That moment was the 178the Commencement Ceremonies at Wesleyan University, on Sunday, May 23. The speaker, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper ’74, M.A. ’80, shared with students insights about the often uneven path to success, that is neither planned nor anticipated.

Hickenlooper, who also received a Doctor of Laws degree,

Hickenlooper, Simmons, Cavell, Winslow Receive Honorary Degrees

From left, Richard Winslow ’40; Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper; Wesleyan President Michael Roth; Wesleyan Board of Trustees Chair Joshua Boger '73, P'06, P'09; Stanley Cavell; and Ruth Simmons gather for a photo prior to the 2010 Wesleyan University Commencement Ceremony May 23. (Photo by Bill Burkhart).

John W. Hickenlooper ’74, MA ’80; Ruth J. Simmons; Stanley Cavell; and Richard Winslow ’40 received Honorary Degrees at the 2010 Commencement Ceremony May 23.

John W. Hickenlooper received a Doctor of Laws, presented by Rob Rosenthal, the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology. A geologist turned entrepreneur who had never run for political office (not even student council), Hickenlooper was elected mayor of Denver in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. In April 2005—less than two years into his first term—Time Magazine

Rutland, Weiner, Zwelling Recipients of Binswanger Teaching Prize

From left, Wesleyan faculty members Jeremy Zwelling, associate professor of religion; Stephanie Kuduk Weiner, associate professor of English; and Peter Rutland, the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought received the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching during the 2010 Wesleyan University Commencement Ceremony May 23. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Wesleyan faculty members Peter Rutland, Stephanie Kuduk Weiner and Jeremy Zwelling received the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching during the 2010 Commencement Ceremony May 23.

The Binswanger Prize was inaugurated in 1993 as an institutional recognition of outstanding faculty members. The standards and criteria for the annual prizes shall be excellence in teaching, as exemplified by commitment to the classroom and student accomplishment, intellectual demands placed on students, lucidity and passion.

Peter Rutland, the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, has a B.A. in politics,

Hickenlooper ’74 Tells of Beating Expectations on the Way to Success

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper '74 '80 M.A., delivers the 178th Commencement Address. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Address by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper ’74 ’80 M.A,, on the 178th Commencement at Wesleyan University, May 23, 2010:

Well, first I want to thank Wesleyan for inviting me. I want to thank President Michael Roth. Rarely do you see an individual, in his third year, who is the right person at the right time for the right institution. This is one of the great universities in America, and we have a great, great president. Board Chair Joshua Boger and University Marshall Suzanne O’Connell, and certainly all the family and friends who’ve supported these students through their college careers.

This is the single most important honor I have ever received. It says a lot about this institution and all of you.

Certainly, if anyone had polled my class 35 years ago, I would have been unanimously selected as the last person to ever receive an honorary degree or give a commencement address at Wesleyan. Actually, it’s not my first time in consideration for an honor at Wesleyan – the geology faculty once voted to give me tenure –

President Roth: Rejection of Conformity Can be a Pursuit of Happiness

Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth delivers the President's Remarks.

Address by Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’77 on the 178th Commencement at Wesleyan University, May 23, 2010:

Members of the board of trustees, members of the faculty and staff, distinguished guests, new recipients of graduate degrees and the mighty class of 2010, I am honored to present some brief remarks on the occasion of this commencement.

It is thrilling for me to stand here before you in such distinguished company. I am joined today by the very honorable Mayor John Hickenlooper, who has an undergraduate and a graduate degree from Wes. This gives me an occasion to remind all of us how lucky we are to have graduate programs on campus to enrich the educational experience for everyone. John’s administration in Denver has demonstrated idealistic passion and practical effectiveness, whether in public education, health care or on environmental issues. His team has attacked intransigent social problems like homelessness and unemployment, while also stimulating the growth of major cultural organizations and the civic pride that goes along with them. At a time when many politicians have retreated from the very idea of the public sphere, John Hickenlooper has reminded the citizens of Denver, and of Colorado more generally, that one of the joys of the modern polity is a robust and creative common life. His demonstration of authentic political engagement on behalf of the common good reminds me of the extraordinary work done by members of this class of 2010 in promoting opportunity through education from Middletown to Kenya.

Promoting opportunity through education has been a significant part of the life of my colleague and honoree Ruth Simmons. As president of Smith College and now of Brown University,

Alcindor ’10 Addresses Fellow Graduates in Verse

Latasha Alcindor '10 delivered the Senior Class Welcome. (Photo by Nick Russell '09)

Latasha Alcindor ’10, delivered the following Senior Class Welcome at Wesleyan’s 178th Commencement Ceremonies on May 23, 2010:

Today is the first day of my presentation.
Today is the first day of your presentation.
Today is the first day of our presentation.

Jonna Humphries ’10 Senior Voices Address

“Senior Voices” Address by Jonna Humphries ’10, delivered at Memorial Chapel during the 178th Wesleyan University Commencement:

How I Have Changed Because of My Experience at Wesleyan.

When I was younger, perhaps around 10 years old, my Mom would always ask my brothers and I at the end of a school day “What did you learn?” We’d give her responses filled with details on topics ranging from what happened on the playground between so-and-so to a full recap on the letter in cursive we’d learn to master that day. We did this until one day, my older brother Alexander, completely changed the dynamics of these after-school discussions. My mother asked, with innocence and inquisition, “What did you learn?”

Rebecca Lee ’10 Senior Voices Address

“Senior Voices” Address by Rebecca Lee ’10, delivered at Memorial Chapel during the 178th Wesleyan University Commencement:

I would like to talk today about communities.

The village I grew up in, on the outskirts of Cambridge, England, was an international community composed of families affiliated with the university. The children of these expatriate families, including myself, led a blissful childhood, playing street hockey and holding water fights in our neighborhood. At the end of each day the families gathered for a potluck dinner of cuisines from all

R&C Weekend: WESeminars, Belichick, MoConathon, Commencement

Family and friends reunite during Reunion & Commencement Weekend May 20-23 at Wesleyan.

More than 5,000 alumni, family and friends of the university are expected to attend Reunion & Commencement Weekend on campus. The traditional series of events begins Thursday, May 20 and culminates with Commencement on Sunday, May 23.

“We have several new and exciting events this year including a benefit concert by Santigold (Santi White ’97) on Friday under the Andrus tent, and a MoConathon concert on Saturday featuring three student bands, celebrating McConaughy Hall,” says Deana Hutson, director of events and R&C weekend. “We’ll have numerous WESeminars featuring alumni, parents, faculty and students on topics that appeal to anyone.”

The Class of 1960’s 50th Reunion gathering and the Senior Class Semiformal will kick-off R&C Weekend on May 20. Campus guests who haven’t resistered online, may do so in person at the Usdan University Center.

Events on May 21 include campus tours, senior projects in film studies,

2010 Commencement Speaker, Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

John Hickenlooper '74

John Hickenlooper '74

Denver Mayor and Colorado gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper ’74 will deliver the commencement address at the university’s 178th Commencement in May.

Wesleyan will award honorary degrees to Mayor Hickenlooper; Stanley Cavell, distinguished philosopher and professor emeritus at Harvard; Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University; and Richard K. Winslow, Wesleyan class of 1940 and professor of music emeritus.

John Hickenlooper ’74

A geologist turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office (not even student council), John Hickenlooper was elected mayor of Denver in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. In April 2005—less than two years into his first term—Time Magazine named the political newcomer one of the top five “big-city” mayors in America. Mayor Hickenlooper brings creative leadership and innovative thinking to Denver’s city hall, drawing on his diverse background as an exploration geologist, real estate developer, and restaurateur.

Even before his political career, he was known for his civic engagement, having been involved with diverse downtown Denver renovation and development projects, especially in Denver’s Lower Downtown historic district. In recognition of these efforts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation gave him a National Preservation Award in 1997. He also led a grassroots campaign in 2000 to preserve the “Mile High Stadium” name, an effort that planted the seed for his mayoral bid.