President Catharine Bond Hill presided today over the 151st Vassar College commencement ceremony, conferring bachelor’s degrees and one master’s degree to 610 graduating students at the college’s Outdoor Amphitheater. Media icon Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, delivered the commencement address.
In Vassar’s class of 2015:
- Forty-eight students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa for overall academic achievement. The college’s Phi Beta Kappa Prize for 2015 was awarded to Zoe Miranda Adams.
- Thirty-three graduates were elected to the Sigma Xi national honor society for the sciences.
- On hundred twenty-two graduates were awarded General Honors.
- Departmental honors were awarded to graduates majoring in Anthropology (7), Art History (6), Art Studio (1), Asian Studies (1), Astronomy (3), Biochemistry (6), Biology (12), Chemistry (5), Chinese (1), Cognitive Science (4), Computer Science (4), Drama (8), Earth Science (2), Educational Studies (3), English (13), Environmental Studies (8), Film (9), French & Francophone Studies (7), Geography (4), German Studies (3), Greek and Roman Studies (3), Hispanic Studies (3), History (6), Independent Program (2), International Studies (11), Italian (6), Japanese (5), Jewish Studies (1), Latin American & Latino/a Studies (1), Mathematics (7), Media Studies (4), Music (7), Neuroscience and Behavior (6), Philosophy (6), Physics (7), Political Science (13), Psychology (8), Religion (1), Russian Studies (7), Science, Technology & Society (5), Sociology (11), Urban Studies (5), and Women’s Studies (6).
Members of the class of 2015 have also been selected for a variety of outside honors, including:
- Fulbright Teaching Award (Germany)
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant (Germany)
- Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
- U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship
- Chinese Government Scholarship (two recipients)
- Davis 100 Projects for Peace Prize (three recipients)
- Humanity in Action Fellowship
- Gilman Scholarship
- Udall Scholarship
- Goldwater Scholar (and two recipients of honorable mentions)
- John Lewis Scholarship
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.