Congratulations, Graduates of 2011
College of Arts and Sciences
Commencement: May 8
Degree awarded: B.A.
Number of graduates: 442
Guest speaker: Timothy Egan, a New York Times columnist and author. During his nearly 20-year career at the Times, he has covered the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the collapse of small-town America in the Great Plains, and the O.J. Simpson trial. He shares a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for a Times series analyzing the impact of race in American life. He is the author of six books.
Sound bite: “Find some time every day to do what your heart desires, not just what you have to do. And eventually these things will add up, and maybe the two will converge.”
School of Law
Commencement: May 28
Degrees awarded: J.D.; LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Number of graduates: 230
Guest speaker: Stephen Carter, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Much of his work focuses on the creation of conditions for rational dialogue, while preserving a rich diversity of points of view, whether in domestic or international affairs.
Sound bite: “The views of people who disagree with us matter—and matter greatly. The thing I worry about most is whether our generation has done enough to model for you the idea that politics, at its heart, is not about winning. It’s about the process of democracy; it’s about a dialogue with our coequal fellow citizens.”
Graduate School of Education and Counseling
Commencement: June 5
Degrees awarded: Ed.D.; M.Ed.; M.A.T.; M.A. in Community Counseling; M.A. in Counseling Psychology; M.A. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy; M.A. in Psychological and Cultural Studies; Ed.S. in Advanced Leadership; Ed.S. in Administration; Ed.S. in School Psychology
Number of graduates: 282
Guest speaker: Stephen Krashen, a linguist, educational researcher, and activist. He is professor emeritus of learning and instruction at the University of Southern California, where he specializes in theories of language acquisition and development.
Sound bite: “American education is not broken… Reducing poverty will improve educational attainment, not vice versa. The first step we need to take is to protect children from the effects of poverty: no child left unfed, more health care, and improved access to books.”
Photos by Brian Foulkes