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Vassar College confers 602 Bachelor’s degrees during the 146th commencement ceremonies, May 23, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - President Catharine Hill presided over the 146th Vassar College commencement ceremonies today, conferring Bachelor of Arts degrees to 602 graduating students on the grounds of the college's outdoor amphitheater. Award-winning actress and producer Lisa Kudrow, a Vassar alumna and trustee, delivered the commencement address.
 
In Vassar's class of 2010:

  • Fifty-nine students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa for overall academic achievement, with majors (some dual) in American Culture (3), Anthropology (1), Asian Studies (1), Biology (1), Chemistry (1), Chinese (1), Classics-Greek (1), Cognitive Science (2), Computer Science (1), Drama (2), Economics (2), English (9), Environmental Studies (4), Film (3), French (5), History (3), Independent Program (2), International Studies (2), Italian (2), Japanese (1), Latin American Latino/a Studies (1), Mathematics (3), Media Studies (1), Music (3), Philosophy (1), Political Science (6), Psychology (7), Religion (2), Russian (1), Sociology (1), and Women's Studies (1).
  • The college's Phi Beta Kappa Prize for 2010 was awarded to both Sabrina Schmidt (Mathematics and Italian) and Lauren Elizabeth Sherman (Music and Psychology).
  • Twenty-six graduates were elected to the Sigma Xi national honor society for the sciences, with majors and/or correlate sequences in Anthropology (1), Astronomy (4), Biochemistry (1), Biology (3), Chemistry (6) Cognitive Science (2), Computer Science (1), Earth Science (3), Environmental Studies (2), Mathematics (2), Physics (3), and Psychology (1).
  • Four graduates were selected for both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.
  • One hundred twenty-one graduates were awarded General Honors.
  • Two hundred thirty-nine departmental honors were awarded to graduates majoring in Africana Studies (1), American Culture (4), Anthropology (6), Art (6), Asian Studies (2), Astronomy (4), Biochemistry (1), Biology (6), Chemistry (10), Chinese (7), Classics: Greek (1), Cognitive Science (4), Computer Science (4), Drama (2), Earth Science (4), Economics (12), English (14), Environmental Studies (9), Film (4), French & Francophone Studies (7), Geography (2), Hispanic Studies (3), History (6), Independent Program (7), International Studies (7), Italian (4), Japanese (11), Latin American & Latino/a Studies (3), Mathematics (4), Media Studies (2), Medieval and Renaissance Studies (1), Music (9), Neuroscience and Behavior (5), Philosophy (3), Physics (3), Political Science (16), Psychology (19), Religion (3), Russian Studies (7), Science, Technology & Society (2), Sociology (10), Urban Studies (3), and Women's Studies (1).

Among the class of 2010's outside honors to date, one member will study in China on a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship, and two members were among the seven students selected nationally to participate in the Compton Mentor Fellowship program (in Poughkeepsie, NY and Florence, AZ).
 
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Sunday, May 23, 2010