Connecticut College Magazine · Summer 2014


Mike LeDuc '14, three-time national champion in track and field, with his teammates. Clockwise from top right: Mike LeDuc '14, botany major from Canton, Conn.; Ian Rathkey '14, East Asian studies major from Old Lyme, Conn.; Ben Bosworth '17, economics major from Dorchester, Mass.; Niall Williams '16, economics major from Niskayuna, N.Y.; Daniel Burns '16, government major from Alexandria, Va.; and Aaron Samuel-Davis '14, classics and dance major from New London, Conn. Photo by Bob MacDonnell

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Commencement 2014

'Participate as full partners in the making of the world around you,' Noah Feldman tells graduates

"The whole point of the liberal arts education,” Commencement keynote speaker Noah Feldman told the 461 members of the Class of 2014, “is to teach you to participate as full partners in the making of the world around you.”

Feldman, the Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters at the ceremony on May 18 by President Katherine Bergeron.

The president also asked the Class of 2014 to use what they learned to positively change the world. “The lessons you have learned from this community about generosity and collaboration, about personal accountability and leadership, will remain long after the specific content of your papers and projects have faded from memory,” Bergeron said. “It is the deeper imprint of this learning, and these values, that will ensure your success.”

As senior class speaker, Kolton Harris, an English major from Groton, Conn., urged classmates to stay true to the genius that lies within each one of them and to “nurture that genius.”

Jyoti Arvey, a Slavic studies major from Nyack, N.Y., won the Oakes and Louise Ames Prize for most outstanding thesis, for “Gender in the Everyday Life of the Russian Home.” This summer, Arvey will travel to Russia as a Fulbright fellow.

Gabrielle Arenge, a psychology major with an art minor from Bordentown, N.J., won the Anna Lord Strauss Medal for outstanding community service. She tutored New London schoolchildren, mentored youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and used her Davis Projects for Peace grant and Myers Research Fellowship to improve the lives of impoverished youth in Kenya through art programs and mentorship. As chair of academic affairs for the Student Government Association, she worked on the College's curriculum revision efforts.

Also during the Commencement ceremony, the Connecticut College Medal, the College's highest honor, was conferred on President Emeritus Leo I. Higdon, Jr., and Lynda Batter Munro '76 P'08 for their service and distinction in their fields. Higdon served as president of the College from 2006 to 2013. Munro, a former president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and a former member of the College's Board of Trustees, is Chief Administrative Judge of Family Matters for the Connecticut Superior Court.

During Commencement weekend, 45 seniors were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Earlier this year, 12 of those seniors were named Winthrop Scholars, the College's highest academic honor (see page 10). Baccalaureate, the annual celebration of the spiritual diversity of the graduating class, featured a keynote address by Stephen Loomis, the Tempel Professor of Biology and chair of the Faculty Steering and Conference Committee.

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