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May 26, 2000


Mary Ann Hill
(781) 283-2373




WELLESLEY, Mass. -- President Diana Chapman Walsh today presented Bachelor of Arts degrees to 609 women, including 24 Davis Scholars, non-traditional aged students. Senior Class Dean Pamela Daniels addressed the Class of 2000 -- the class she helped steward through three of its four years at Wellesley -- at the College's 122nd Commencement exercises.

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.

Robyn Alison Sklaren, from Brooklyn, New York, delivered the student commencement address, a tradition started in 1969 when Hillary Rodham was selected by her classmates to deliver the first student speech. A film studies major, Sklaren was film critic for the College paper The Wellesley News and for her senior thesis wrote a screenplay set in Brooklyn that was based on Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. She spent her junior year studying at Sussex University in England and St. Andrews University in Scotland. The 21-year old graduate plans to return to her native New York City and seek her fortune in the creative end of the entertainment industry.

Two winners of the 2000 Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Wellesley's highest teaching honor, were announced. They are: Martin Brody, the Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music, and Professor Mary Coyne, Biological Sciences.

President Walsh also announced the establishment of the the Stanford Calderwood Professorship in Economics, funded by Stanford Calderwood who was a visiting faculty member in Wellesley's economics department from 1972 until 1985. David Lindauer, current co-chair of the economics department, will be the first to hold the new professorial chair.

The following faculty retirements were announced:

  • Blythe Clinchy, Professor of Psychology, 35 years of service
  • Paul Cohen, Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of History, 35 years
  • Jim Loehlin, Professor of Chemistry, 34 years
  • Ingrid Stadler, Professor of Philosophy, 43 years
  • Linda Vaughan, Professor of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics, 38 years

The following board of trustee retirements were announced:

  • Georgia Sue Black, Wellesley Class of '58
  • Lois Juliber, Wellesley Class of '71
  • Walter Cabot, who served a dual role as member of the board of trustees and as treasurer of the College for 20 years




Number of degrees conferred: 609

Davis Scholars: 24

Traditional-age Students: 585


Honors in major: 104 honors

(done by 103 students, one student completed honors in two majors. To earn honors, a student must complete and successfully defend an original thesis in her major field of study.)




British Marshall Scholarship

Chavi Nana


Fulbright Scholars

Katherine Elisabeth Graf, Fulbright Travel Grant to Germany

Theresa Anne Lund, Fulbright Travel Grant to Germany

Elizabeth Son, Fulbright Grant to Korea


Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies

Monique-Adelle Callahan, Comparative Literature

Brigid Cohen, Music History and Theory


Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Bridget K. Smith


Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

Kathryn B. Carlson, Fiddling Traditions: United Kingdom, Norway, Poland

Laura R. Murray, The Emergence of Sex Worker Rights Organizations: Dominican Republic, Ecuador, South Africa, Australia, Venezuela

Lia Shimada, Cultural Geography of Reforestation: Ireland, Nepal and Madagascar


Institute for International Public Policy (1998 competition)

Huda Abdi Farah Aden


Public Policy and International Affairs (1998-1999 competition)

Bridget K. Smith


The Commencement speeches can be accessed online at the following URL:

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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