Commencement 2016

Hampshire Confers Degrees on 348 Graduates, Celebrating Its 46th Commencement

Hampshire hosted 3,000 people on campus for its 2016 Commencement on Saturday, May 14, to celebrate graduates with their families and guests. The College conferred diplomas on 348 students, with 320 walking in the 46th Commencement. Among the speakers, President Jonathan Lash recognized all graduates for completing their yearlong Division III advanced study projects to transition from bell-ringing Div III to Div-Free degree-holders, remarking, "You have each created your own education, now anything is possible." Check out photo albums on Facebook and Flickr.

Barry Moser

A collection of works by renowned artist and illustrator Barry Moser has been acquired by Hampshire. Select works by Moser, whose honors include the National Book Award for 1983’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, will debut in a special exhibit opening in June in Hampshire’s Art Gallery.

At the ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the R.W. Kern Center on April 29, speakers recognized the hundreds of members of the Hampshire community who contributed to the planning, design, and construction of the College's first major new building in three decades, built to help secure the College’s future and address campus-wide space constraints.

Div IV weekend June 3-5 is a chance for alums, parents and friends to reconnect. Enjoy roundtables, workshops, a maker's showcase, and the 20th anniversary of the Lemelson Center for Design. Creativity should be messy. Come get your hands dirty!

An article in Forbes recognized Assistant Professor Alicia Ellis for "an ingenious way of using Pinterest to help her students analyze challenging novels, poems and essays." In fall 2015, supported by a Mellon Foundation grant, she used Pinterest to immerse her students in the book Citizen: An American Lyric.

In her new book China’s Hidden Children, Professor Kay Ann Johnson assesses the effects of the one-child policy on China and its people. Among the positive reviews, Nicholas Kristof, in the New York Review of Books, said the book “offers a searing, important, and eminently readable exploration” of the policy.

For his Division III thesis, Nikolai Humphrey-Blanco analyzed how art provided an alternative narrative to the violence perpetuated by the Guatemalan government during the nation’s 36-year civil war, and how art addresses ongoing issues of injustice.

Help us break the record! If 1,100 more alums give to the Hampshire Fund by June 30, it will be our strongest showing ever. Plus, a generous donor will match your donation with an extra $100. Show our students, staff, and faculty how much alums care about Hampshire, and help raise an additional $110,000 in matching gifts in the process!


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