Connecticut College Magazine · Summer 2010


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Visitors enjoy a shady spot in the new Outdoor Classroom on the Jean C. Tempel ´65 Green, dedicated on the Saturday of Commencement Weekend,. Photo by A. Vincent Scarano.

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´Knowledge is Power´

´Knowledge is Power´
Economist Jeffrey Sachs addresses the class of 2010. Photo by Jon Crispin.

Speakers challenge Class of 2010 to live life to the fullest

By Caroline Gransee ´09

Economist Jeffrey Sachs, a leading expert on globalism, poverty and sustainability, challenged the 445 graduates at Connecticut College´s 92nd Commencement on May 23 to use their knowledge to make the world a better place.

“Your liberal arts education has empowered you to be effective citizens of the world. You´re part of a community that is founded on the deepest faith that knowledge is power to be deployed for the common good,” Sachs told the graduates.

“With the skills that you have learned, you are not only empowered to find your own personal way around the dangerous twists and turns we now call the U.S. economy, but also around the challenges that your generation will face and that will define the future of the planet.”

Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University, helped open the economies of several countries, including Poland and Bolivia, and advocates combining economic development with
environmental sustainability.

During the ceremony, President Leo I. Higdon, Jr., conferred upon Sachs an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Mitchell College President Mary Ellen Jukoski also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Higdon spoke about his bond with the Class of 2010, his first freshman class at the College. “There is always a bond with a class that comes in with a new president. We may have had some different experiences over the last four years, but we share many common memories,” Higdon said. “It will always make your class special in my mind.”

Higdon encouraged the new graduates to build relationships with alumni across the globe and to stay connected to their alma mater. “You are graduating at an important point in Connecticut College´s history,” Higdon said. “We have a Centennial celebration ahead of us, a celebration that will involve you and all of our community.”

The Oakes and Louise Ames Prize, one of two awards given to seniors at each Commencement, was awarded to Thomas Blake McDonald ´10, an architectural studies major from Free Union, Va., for his honors thesis, “The Architecture of Connecticut College,” which examines the history of the College´s buildings. The prize, named for a previous president of the College and his wife, is given to a graduating senior who has completed the most outstanding honors study.

The Anna Lord Strauss Medal was awarded to Stefanie Jane Hinman ´10, a human development major from Norfolk, Conn., for her outstanding record of community and public service work. Hinman created a tutor-mentor program for New London children and helped with hurricane cleanup in Biloxi, Miss. In 2008 and 2010, she traveled to Kaberamaido, Uganda, on medical missions. Working with a nonprofit organization, she helped to provide medical services at an orphanage, raise funds for services and establish the Elizabeth Durante Medical Clinic.

The clinic was named in honor of Hinman´s friend and project partner, Elizabeth Durante ´10, who died in a car accident en route to the 2009 medical mission. (Read more about a Connecticut College student´s work at the clinic here.)

In her speech to her fellow graduates, class president Alexandra Felfle ´10, of Barranquilla, Colombia, challenged her classmates to live life to the fullest.

“I want all of you to live the ´now,´” Felfle said. “I want you to be committed. Committed to your life. Committed to your family. Committed to change the world. ... No one can know what a life whittles down to in the end, but if you live it with conviction and awareness, you know you have done well.”

Class of 2010
By the Numbers

445 Bachelor of Arts degrees
2 Master of Arts degrees
Students with double majors: 131
States represented: 33
International graduates: 19 from 14 countries
Students who studied abroad: 265
Percentage of class who engaged in community learning and service: 63

Latin Honors:

Summa cum laude: 57
Magna cum laude: 50
Cum laude: 111

Certificates earned from interdisciplinary academic centers:

Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology: 3
Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment: 10
Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy: 14
Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts: 25

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