Interim President Jonathan Chenette presided today over the 153rd Vassar College commencement ceremony, conferring bachelor’s degrees to 616 graduating students at the college’s Outdoor Amphitheater. Deborah Bial, Founder and President of the Posse Foundation, delivered the commencement address to the graduating class, which included the first group of Posse veterans brought to Vassar through a program with the foundation.
In Vassar’s class of 2017:
• 63 graduates were elected to Phi Beta Kappa for overall academic achievement. The college’s Phi Beta Kappa Prize for 2017 was awarded to Saskia Lynn DeRook Comess.
• 38 graduates were elected to the Sigma Xi national honor society for the sciences.
• 7 graduates were elected to the American Chemical Society.
• 129 graduates were awarded General Honors.
Members of the class of 2017 have also been selected for a variety of outside honors, including:
• Truman Scholarship (three recipients)
• Fulbright Fellowships (three recipients)
• Austrian Federal Ministry of Education FLTP
• Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (two recipients)
• National Science Foundation Noyce Teaching Fellowship (three recipients)
• National Science Foundation, Johns Hopkins University
• Freeman-ASIA Award
• Gilman Scholarship (seven recipients)
• Davis United World College – 100 Projects for Peace (two recipients)
• Kathryn Davis Peace Fellow
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.