Wellesley College Senior Sophie Kim of Alameda, Calif.,
Serves as 2006 Student Commencement Speaker
June 7, 2006
Mass. -- Wellesley College senior Sophie Kim, a native of Alameda,
Calif., has been selected as this year’s student commencement
speaker, continuing a tradition that began with Wellesley’s
first student Commencement speaker, New York Senator Hillary
Rodham Clinton, a member of the class of 1969. In her speech,
given under sunny skies at Wellesley’s 128th graduation
ceremony on June 1, Kim emphasized the continued importance of
women’s colleges in today’s world.
“Gender equality is more of a reality today than it was
even in our parents’ generation, but there is still more
progress to be made, particularly in promoting the advancement
and visibility of women in all sectors of society,” she said.
Global public health activist Ophelia Dahl also addressed the
544 graduating seniors, their families and friends.
Kim, the daughter of the late Yung Bin Kim, who passed away earlier
this year, is a 2002 graduate of Alameda High School. She has been
a proponent of Wellesley College as a place where women leadership
“Wellesley is a place that inspires passions and cultivates
leadership,” she said. “I speak for myself as well
as many of my friends and peers when I say that I have developed
a passion during my time here at Wellesley. For me, my passion
is politics, and that has translated into my strong commitment
to my major, department and related extracurricular activities.
Wellesley fueled this passion and inspired me to commit my life
to public service.
“Wellesley is also a place where women occupy all (student)
leadership positions. This is a rare opportunity and unique feature
of the College that the outside world does not resemble. I love
the fact that Wellesley encourages women’s leadership and
does not challenge a woman’s ability to lead.”
A political science major, Kim has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa
and graduated magna cum laude. She is also a member of the Pi Sigma
Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. She has served
as chair of the Committee for Political and Legislative Action,
which presents issues of local, national and international importance
to the student body in a nonpartisan manner, and has been a member
of the 2005-2006 College Government Cabinet. She has been active
in the Political Science Majors Council and as a tutor for the
department, and has served as a research assistant for her major
adviser. She is also active in the Phi Sigma Lecture Society.
Last summer, she participated in the Wellesley in Washington internship
program in Washington, D.C., where she interned for a federal judge
on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Following her graduation from Wellesley, she will serve as a fellow
in the California State Senate for the 2006-2007 term and prepare
for law school.
To read Kim’s
entire speech, go to www.wellesley.edu/PublicAffairs/Commencement/2006/SKim.html
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.