Professor and Author Patricia J. Williams
Is the 2005 Commencement Speaker at Wellesley College
May 25, 2005
Patricia J. Williams will address the 571 members of the Class of 2005
and their families and friends at Wellesley College’s 127th Commencement
Exercises on Friday, June 3, at 10:30 am on Severance Green on the Wellesley,
Williams is a professor of law at Columbia University School of
Law. A 1973 graduate of Wellesley College and a graduate of Harvard
Law School, she is a trustee of Wellesley and has served on the
faculties of the University of Wisconsin School of Law, Harvard
University's Women's Studies Program and the City University of
New York Law School at Queen's College. She has held fellowships
at the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College, the
Humanities Research Institute of the University of California at
Irvine and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
at Stanford University. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.
She has written numerous articles for scholarly journals, magazines
and newspapers including USA Today, Harvard Law Review, Tikkun,
The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Ms. and the Village
Voice. Her book, The Alchemy of Race and Rights, was named one
of the 25 best books of 1991 by the Voice Literary Supplement and
one of the "feminist classics of the last 20 years" by
Ms. magazine's 20th anniversary edition. She writes a column, “Diary
of a Mad Law Professor,” for The Nation. Her newest book
is Open House: Of Family, Friends, Food, Piano Lessons, and
a Search for a Room of My Own.
This year’s student Commencement speaker is senior Rachel
Isaacs of Manalapan, N.J. She continues a tradition that began
with the college’s first student Commencement speaker, now
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, a member of the Wellesley Class
Wellesley’s Commencement will take place rain or shine in
the center of the Wellesley, Mass., campus, under a tent on Severance
Green. For travel directions, go to www.wellesley.edu/Admin/travel.html.
A campus map can be found at www.wellesley.edu/CampusMaps. The
following events are open to the public:
9:15 am: Senior Class Picture, Severance Hill, to the left of
the Commencement tent.
9:45 am: Procession formation. Seniors line up on the Academic
Quadrangle. Faculty line up outside Founders Hall on Jewett Road.
10:30 am: Commencement Exercises; ceremony ends between 12:30-1
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an
excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference
in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300
undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For
more on Commencement 2005, go to www.wellesley.edu/PublicAffairs/Commencement/index.html.