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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 4, 2000

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Mary Ann Hill
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DEAN PAMELA DANIELS TO DELIVER
ADDRESS AT WELLESLEY COLLEGE'S
122ND COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

WELLESLEY, Mass.-- Senior Class Dean Pamela Daniels will address the Class of 2000 -- the class she helped steward through three of its four years at Wellesley -- at the College's 122nd Commencement exercises May 26. In keeping with tradition, the senior class officers announced the selection of the speaker to their classmates before the choice was made public.

"It is a great honor and a great responsibility. It is something to live up to," Daniels said of giving the address. "I am looking forward to it very much."

Daniels graduated from Wellesley in 1959, receiving her degree with honors in political science. She was a Durant Scholar and had been elected Phi Beta Kappa. After a year of study and travel in India and Southeast Asia, Daniels went on to earn an M.A. in political science from Harvard University in 1963. From 1962-70, she was a teaching fellow at Harvard, first in the Government Department and then in Erik Erikson's undergraduate social science course on the human life cycle.

Before becoming a Class Dean in 1981, Daniels was a Research Associate at the Center for Research on Women for five years; in 1979-80, she was a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. In 1983 and '84, she taught a course on the life cycle in the Writing Program. She is co-editor of a feminist anthology of personal essays on work and women's identity titled "Working It Out" (Pantheon, 1977) and co-authored a book on family and career timing patterns, "Sooner or Later: The Timing of Parenthood in Adult Lives" (Norton, 1982).

Daniels will be retiring this summer after 24 years of service to the College. She said that with her retirement will come "a long-deferred sabbatical -- wide open time to read and travel, to embark on new adventures with old friends."

Wellesley College is a prominent liberal arts college and has been a leader in the education of women for nearly 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to about 2,300 undergraduate students, close to 600 of whom will graduate in the May ceremonies. Wellesley's distinguished alumnae include First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and journalists Cokie Roberts, Lynn Sherr, and Linda Wertheimer.

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