Acting president Jonathan Chenette presided today over the 149th Vassar College commencement ceremony, conferring Bachelor of Arts degrees to 612 graduating students at the college’s Outdoor Amphitheater. United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York delivered the commencement address.
In Vassar’s class of 2013:
- Sixty students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa for overall academic achievement. The college’s Phi Beta Kappa Prize for 2013 was awarded to Daniel B. Sherwood (Economics, Philosophy).
- Twenty-seven graduates were elected to the Sigma Xi national honor society for the sciences.
- Three graduates were selected for both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.
- One hundred and twenty-two graduates were awarded General Honors.
- Departmental honors were awarded to graduates majoring in American Studies (3), Anthropology (8), Art History (6), Art Studio (2), Asian Studies (4), Astronomy (1), Biochemistry (10), Biology (8), Chemistry (2), Chinese (5), Cognitive Science (8), Computer Science (6), Drama (4), Earth Science (4), Economics (8), English (13), Environmental Studies (7), Film (4), French & Francophone Studies (5), Geography (5), German Studies (1), Greek and Roman Studies (3), History (2), Independent Program (5), International Studies (5), Italian (4), Japanese (3), Jewish Studies (1), Latin American & Latino/a Studies (4), Mathematics (9), Media Studies (5), Music (6), Neuroscience and Behavior (6), Philosophy (4), Physics (6), Political Science (8), Psychology (11), Religion (3), Russian Studies (4), Science, Technology & Society (4), Sociology (6), Urban Studies (7), and Women’s Studies (4).
Members of the class of 2013 have also been selected for a variety of outside honors, including:
- Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (seven recipients, to Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam)
- Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
- Udall Scholarship
- National Science Foundation Noyes Scholarship (three recipients)
- Freeman Asia Award
- Math for America
- Beinecke Scholarship
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.