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Wesleyan Holds 178th Commencement Ceremonies

Wesleyan University held its 178th annual Commencement ceremonies on Andrus Field at 11 a.m., May 23. Complete coverage can be found here.

The address by the 2010 Commencement Speaker Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper ’74, M.A. ’80, can be found here.

President Michael S. Roth’s address to the graduates can be found here.

The Senior Address by Latasha Alcindor ’10 can be found here.

Photo galleries are available here and here, and are being periodically updated.

Shining Hope for Communities Wins Dell Award

Shining Hope for Communities, a student-founded non-profit organization, is the winner of the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition. The award is based on a world-wide competition among college students who have projects that can “make the world a better place.” Shining Hope for Communities founded The Kibera School for Girls in 2009 in the Kenyan slum of Kibera, and is creating the Johanna Justin Jinich Memorial Clinic and a community center this year at the same site. Initial funding for the Kibera School for Girls was provided by the Davis 100 Projects for Peace program. The Dell award includes $50,000.

The group has also received a $50,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation and a $1,000 award from the MTV People’s Choice Awards this year.

Shining Hope for Communities includes Executive Director and Kibera native Kennedy Odede ‘12, Managing Director Jessica Posner ‘09 and current Wesleyan students Leah Lucid ‘10, Ari Tolman ‘10, and Inslee Coddington ‘10.

Perkins ’09 Awarded 2010 Rhodes Scholarship

Russell Perkins '09

Russell Perkins ’09

Russell Perkins ’09 was awarded a 2010 Rhodes Scholarship. Perkins, from Evanston, Ill., graduated with high honors from Wesleyan University in May. He majored in the College of Letters (COL) with a senior thesis titled “Violence in Adornian Aesthetics and the Art of Anselm Kiefer;” his advisor was Khachig Tololyan, professor of English, professor of letters. Perkins co-founded Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education which offers Wesleyan courses at Connecticut’s Cheshire Correctional Institution. In addition to offering education for selected inmates, the program provides research and volunteer opportunities for Wesleyan students and faculty. A classical pianist and avid cyclist, he taught a small discussion workshop in philosophy at the Cheshire prison as an undergraduate. Russell plans to do the B.Phil. in philosophy at Oxford University.

New Environmental Studies Linked Major Available

This semester, Wesleyan has begun offering a linked major program for Environmental Studies. Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, professor of biology and director of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program, explained the new major to interested students during a recent campus event.

The linked major program is the second major to a primary major. Students must complete all the requirements for graduation from their primary major in addition to those of ENVS as their second major. The basic information about the program can be found here.

Commencement Speeches, Photos, Videos Online

More than 730 students received a Bachelor of Arts degree May 24. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

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 highlights:

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:

Message to the Wesleyan Community

Now that the danger has passed, the grief sinks in. There is a reflective mood on the campus, a feeling of pain very intense among those who knew Johanna Justin-Jinich well, and a sense of sorrow felt by the entire Wesleyan family.

At the same time, when Sophie and I went to the library on Sunday, it was full of students studying, reading, writing…and simply connecting with one another. The lacrosse team is practicing for the next round of the NCAA tournament, and the musicians are tuning up or just raising their voices in song. Students are turning in exams and professors are grading. The normal rhythms of our academic life are beginning to return.

But these rhythms return while we remember, while we work with our grief.  Students are planning a celebration of Johanna’s life for this week, and we all, I think, take a bit more time to acknowledge what’s really important to us.

In that spirit I want to thank the people I work with here on campus, as well as the entire staff, faculty and students for their extraordinary efforts and cooperation during these difficult days. And I want to thank in particular our Public Safety Department and the Middletown Police Department. In the wake of this tragedy our emergency systems worked because people worked together.

I also want to express my gratitude to the extended Wesleyan family around the world for the hundreds of messages of support we received for our community and for Johanna’s family.

Michael S. Roth

Campus Security – Update 9:40 a.m. 5-7-09

Update 9:40 a.m. 5-7-09

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Update 6:25 a.m. 5-7-09

The suspect in yesterday’s fatal shooting has not been apprehended. Based on the advice of local authorities, Wesleyan instructs all students to remain in their residences. Faculty and staff should not come to their offices unless otherwise instructed. We will be sending information soon in regard to food and other administrative services.

Please remain cautious. The police investigation continues, and we remain in contact with them about all developments. We will send information via the usual channels as it becomes available.