Mass. -- Dana Weekes, a senior from Odenton, Md., has been
chosen as the 2003 Student Commencement Speaker at Wellesley
a political science and English major who has served as
College Government president this year, won the honor among
some strong competition.
solicited speech submissions to our whole class after winter
break, and by the deadline after spring break we had received
28 submissions, a record number," said Beverly Luther, 2003
ombudsperson then made sure submissions were rendered anonymous
and assigned each one a number.
the first round of speech selection, we chose a handful
of finalists from the anonymous speeches we were given,
and in the second round we had those finalists deliver their
addresses before the committee," Luther explained. "From
those, we made our final decision."
speaker committee comprised the four Class Council Executive
Board members, 2003 Class Dean Joy Playter and two professors,
Yu Jin Ko, English, and Nora Hussey, theatre.
Weekes was a standout because she is such an engaging speaker,"
Luther said. "Her speech delivery was phenomenal, and the
speech content even better. But everyone will have to wait
and see what I'm talking about until Commencement."
College Commencement takes place Friday, May 30, at 10:30
am on Severance Green.