Rachel Isaacs Will Talk about ‘Virtues of Making Trouble’
at Wellesley College’s 127th Commencement
May 25, 2005
Rachel Isaacs, a member of the Wellesley College class of 2005, has earned
an honor shared by Wellesley alumna Hillary Rodham Clinton. She’s been
chosen as the student commencement speaker, a role Clinton inaugurated when she
graduated from Wellesley in 1969.
Isaacs is a religion major from Manalapan, N.J., and the daughter
of Drs. Charles and Paula Isaacs. Her speech, which aims to stir
her classmates to action as they enter the world beyond Wellesley,
is titled “Antigone’s Legacy: On the Virtues of Making
She has earned First-Year Distinction academic honors, has been
named to the honorary society Phi Beta Kappa and is the winner
of the Jacqueline Kreiger Klein Fellowship for Jewish Studies.
Co-President of Wellesley College Hillel, she has served as resident
assistant in Wellesley’s Pomeroy Hall and is a founding member
of Wellesley Friends of Israel.
“I will be studying Hebrew scripture and Jewish law at the
Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Israel,” Isaacs
says of her plans following her June 3 graduation. Her role as
commencement speaker, she noted, presents an opportunity to focus
attention on important issues of our times.
“I look forward to discussing the importance of political
responsibility, spiritual fortitude and intellectual iconoclasm
among our generation’s leaders as our nation searches for
unity and strength in a time of troubling division,” Isaacs
said. “The women of the class of 2005 are intelligent women
of integrity, character and strength, and I feel sincerely honored
to address our common concerns, challenges and potential for the
years to come.”
Isaacs will share the stage with two Wellesley alumnae speaking
at the college’s 127th commencement: Columbia law professor
and author Patricia J. Williams and Wellesley President Diana Chapman
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 information, go to www.wellesley.edu.