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2005 Commencement Press Release Information
for 2005 Graduates and Their Families

Congratulations on your graduation from Wellesley!

Commencement is a major milestone, one you may wish to note by sending a news release to your local newspapers. Use the sample release below as a guide as you fill out the appropriate release for you (2005 Graduate or 2005 Davis Scholar Graduate). You may want to copy the sample news release and paste it into a word processing document. Once you have typed in your personal information, you can print out the release to fax or mail it, or you can copy it into an e-mail message to send to your local papers. If you like, attach a photo of yourself to each press release. If you decide to include a photo with your release, please make sure it is labeled on the back with your name and Wellesley College Commencement 2005. If you want the photo returned to you, you should be sure to include a SASE envelope. Your graduation news should be published within two to four weeks of submission; if not, call the editor to confirm receipt.

You'll note that the template below provides space for you to include information about aspects of your Wellesley career, including honors earned, offices held, internships, extracurricular activities, sports teams, etc.

Best wishes in all your future pursuits.

Sample Press Release:

Press release for (your local paper).

For immediate release: June 3, 2005


WELLESLEY, Mass.-- (Your full name) of (your town, state) was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree at Wellesley College on Friday, June 3, 2005.

Patricia J. Williams served as the speaker for Wellesley College’s 127th Commencement on the Wellesley, Mass., campus. She is a professor of law at Columbia University School of Law. A graduate of Wellesley and Harvard Law School, she also is a trustee of Wellesley College. Her book, The Alchemy of Race and Rights, was named one of the "feminist classics of the last 20 years" that "literally changed women's lives" by Ms. magazine's 20th anniversary edition. Her newest book is Open House: Of Family, Friends, Food, Piano Lessons, and a Search for a Room of My Own.

(Your last name) majored in (your major) and plans to (work at ABC Company in City, State, OR attend XYZ graduate school, OR travel, volunteer, etc.)

(IF A DAVIS SCHOLAR, INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING) (Your last name) was an Elisabeth Kaiser Davis Scholar. The Elisabeth Kaiser Davis Degree Program is named in honor of a Wellesley alumna from the Class of 1932 whose generosity supports financial aid for non-traditional age students. Davis Scholars participate in the same courses, meet the same exacting standards and earn the same degree as students of traditional college age, but on a schedule tailored to their personal and professional needs.)

While at Wellesley, (your last name's) activities included (clubs, sports, volunteer work, jobs, honor societies, etc.) In addition, she completed a (senior thesis, Ruhlman, Tanner or other conference presentation) titled (title of your presentation).

She attended (name of your high school) in (city, state) and is the daughter of (your parents' names and hometown(s).

Wellesley College, a prominent liberal arts college, has been a leader in the education of women for more than 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students. Wellesley's distinguished alumnae include U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Madame Chiang Kai-shek and broadcast journalists Cokie Roberts, Diane Sawyer and Lynn Sherr.



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