President Catharine Hill presided today over the 152nd Vassar College commencement ceremony, conferring bachelor’s degrees to 630 graduating students at the college’s Outdoor Amphitheater. Vassar alumna Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, delivered the commencement address.
In Vassar’s class of 2016:
- 63 students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa for overall academic achievement. The college’s Phi Beta Kappa Prize for 2016 was awarded to Alessandra Elaine Seiter and Alaina Victoria Wilson.
- 28 graduates were elected to the Sigma Xi national honor society for the sciences.
- 127 graduates were awarded General Honors.
- Departmental honors were awarded to graduates majoring in Africana Studies (1), American Studies (1), Anthropology (4), Art History (8), Art Studio (1), Astronomy (1), Biochemistry (12), Biology (10), Chemistry (4), Chinese (5), Cognitive Science (6), Computer Science (9), Drama (8), Earth Science (1), Educational Studies (4), English (11), Environmental Studies (8), Film (5), French & Francophone Studies (5), Geography (2), German Studies (2), Greek and Roman Studies (4), History (7), International Studies (9), Italian (4), Japanese (6), Latin American & Latino/a Studies (3), Mathematics (5), Media Studies (5), Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2), Music (7), Neuroscience and Behavior (6), Philosophy (4), Physics (5), Political Science (12), Psychology (7), Religion (3), Russian Studies (6), Science, Technology & Society (6), Sociology (5), Urban Studies (1), and Women’s Studies (6).
Members of the class of 2016 have also been selected for a variety of outside honors, including:
- Fulbright Teaching Award (two recipients; Germany)
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant (Israel)
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (two recipients)
- Beinecke Scholarship
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
- Goldwater Scholar (honorable mention)
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.