WELLESLEY, Mass.-- Senior Christine Dobridge has won the
honor of addressing the approximately 600 members of her
graduating class, their families and friends at Wellesley
College's 124th Commencement Exercises May 31. Following
in the footsteps of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Wellesley class
of 1969, Dobridge will serve as this year's student speaker
at graduation ceremonies.
Actress, comedian and humanitarian Whoopi Goldberg will
follow her on stage as this year's Commencement speaker.
Dobridge, the daughter of Jane and Michael Dobridge of
Rockville, Md., is an economics major who will be a research
assistant at the Council of Economic Advisors in Washington,
D.C. She is a 1998 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School
in Silver Spring, Md.
Elected to the Wellesley chapter of Phi Beta Kappa last
fall, she was a Rhodes Scholar Semifinalist and received
the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award in Economics.
She has been a Trustee Scholar and vice president of the
Wellesley chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international
economics honor society, and has earned First Year Distinction.
A member of the varsity swim team for four years, and captain
of the team this year, she was named to the NEWMAC Academic
All-American Team for three years. House president of Claflin
Hall this year, she has served as a department tutor for
economics, quantitative reasoning and chemistry and has
been a teaching assistant for quantitative reasoning and
economics. A member of the Board of Admissions in her junior
and senior years, she also was a resident advisor and a
member of the club water polo team for three years.
She participated in the Elizabeth Luce Moore Wellesley-Yenching
Internships in Asia program as an intern at the Civic Exchange
in Hong Kong in the summer of 2001. She was a teaching assistant
in the Scholastic Enrichment Program in the summer of 2000.
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been
a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for
125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is
home to 2,300 undergraduate students. For more information,
contact the Office for Public Information at 781-283-2373.