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Vassar College Confers 616 Bachelor’s Degrees during 145th Commencement Ceremonies, May 24, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – President Catharine Hill presided over the 145th Vassar College commencement ceremonies today, conferring Bachelor of Arts degrees to 616 graduating students on the grounds of the college’s outdoor amphitheater. Noted physician and humanitarian, Dr. Matthew C. Spitzer, the president of Doctors Without Borders USA, delivered the commencement address.

Among Vassar’s class of 2009:

-- Fifty-nine students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa for overall academic achievement, with majors (some dual) in Africana Studies (1) Anthropology (5), Asian Studies (1), Astronomy (1), Art (6), Biology (2), Chinese (1), Classics (1), Cognitive Science (1), Computer Science (1), Economics (9), English (1), Environmental Studies (2), Film (4), French (1), Geography (1), Hispanic Studies (1), History (2), Independent Program (4), Italian (4), Japanese (4), Mathematics (2), Media Studies (1), Music (2), Philosophy (2), Physics (2), Political Science (4), Psychology (10), Sociology (1), and Women’s Studies (2).

-- The college’s Phi Beta Kappa Prize for 2009 was awarded to Sara Kemper, whose major is Independent Program.

-- Twenty-seven graduates were elected to the Sigma Xi national honor society for the sciences, with majors in Anthropology (2), Astronomy (6), Biochemistry (2), Biology (4), Chemistry (3) Cognitive Science (2), Computer Science (2), Earth Science (1), Geology (1), Japanese, with independent study in science as minor (1), Mathematics (1), and Physics (2).

-- Five graduates were selected for both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

-- 124 graduates were awarded General Honors.

-- 224 Departmental honors were awarded to graduates majoring in Africana Studies (3), American Culture (2), Anthropology (9), Anthropology-Sociology (1), Art (13), Asian Studies (1), Astronomy (3), Biochemistry (5), Biology (6), Chemistry (4), Chinese (6), Classics: Ancient Societies (1), Classics: Greek (1), Classics: Latin (1), Cognitive Science (4), Computer Science (4), Drama (4), Earth Science (1), Economics (13), English (8), Environmental Studies (5), Film (7), French & Francophone Studies (4), Geography (2), Geography-Anthropology (2), Geology (1), Hispanic Studies (2), History (6), Independent Program (6), International Studies (6), Italian (3), Japanese (5), Jewish Studies (2), Latin American & Latino/a Studies (2), Mathematics (5), Media Studies (5), Music (8), Neuroscience and Behavior (6), Philosophy (5), Physics (3), Political Science (13), Psychology (11), Religion (4), Science, Technology & Society (2), Sociology (10), Urban Studies (4), and Women’s Studies (5).

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.


Posted by Office of Communications Sunday, May 24, 2009