Schedule of Events

Student in front of art exhibit

Commencement 2019 Schedule of Events

Winter Graduate Festivities: Friday, December 7

Winter Graduate All Community Lunch and Celebration

Join the Hampshire community in celebrating our winter graduates with friends, family, faculty, and staff! Champagne and hors d'oeuvres will be served, with non-alcoholic, vegetarian, and vegan options provided. The dean of faculty and dean of students will be giving celebratory remarks at 12:30 p.m.
Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the R.W. Kern Center Atrium.

Winter Graduate Division III Showcase

Come enjoy a sampling of Division III projects presented by Hampshire's graduates. The showcase includes academic presentations, performances, film screenings, and readings.
1:30-4:30 p.m. in the R.W. Kern Center first floor classrooms.

Room 106
1:30 p.m.: Here's Looking @ U: The Relationship Between Linguistic Form and Emotional Content on Twitter, Blythe Newton-Haynes
Text-based discourse on social media does not allow for many aspects of face-to-face communication, such as body language and tone of voice.  Various typing conventions have sprung up in this space in order to convey tone; these include manipulations of the form that text takes, such as ALL CAPS or typing “u” in place of “you”.  I chose to focus on instances of the latter on the social media site Twitter. I theorized that this phenomenon works in a similar way to both T/V pronouns and diminutives, but that it is primarily linked to emotional vulnerability.  I performed sentiment analysis with the tidytext package in R, and found that the usage of “u” in place of “you” was strongly correlated with negativity and emotional arousal.

2 p.m.: Nutritional and Environmental Impact of Raising Breeding Swine on Pasture and Woodlot  “An Exploration of the role of Heritage Pigs in Local Food Systems<”  April Nugent
My Division 3 studies explored the role of heritage breed pigs in local food systems through the lens of the Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs at the Hampshire college farm. I first brought these animals here in the fall of 2016 as part of an independent study project and long term effort to establish a Heritage Pig Breed program at the campus farm. Through generous grant funding and community support I was able to obtain more animals for a 5mth long nutritional study setting out to explore the environmental and  reproductive impacts of housing breeding swine and their offspring in forested v.s. pasture environments. The data I've uncovered stands to speak to the value of heritage breeds in our local food system and provide swine producers with useful data to make informed management decisions with. During the length of my project the program has produced numerous piglets for the dinning hall and meat CSA program as well as placed countless others in breeding homes across the country.

3 p.m.: Rhetorics of Inequality and Blame in HIV Intervention: A Comparative Study, Charlie Hailey
An analysis of HIV prevention methods and rhetorics in three different countries: Uganda, the U.S, and Brazil. The paper explores the way the public health system perpetuates inequality through its interventions and the role that inequality plays in undermining HIV intervention efforts, as well as solutions.

Room 108
1:30 p.m.: Leading Through the Dark: Syrian Refugee Women, Mental Health, and Suicide, Lea Klock

A discussion of Syrian refugee women's mental health and wellbeing. Based on research with refugee women living in Jordan, this project focuses on how displacement and life in Jordan has affected Syrian women's well-being and how it is putting them at risk for suicide.

2 p.m.: Neural Correlates of Chronic Pain and Empathy: An ERP Investigation, Zoe Pestana
Chronic Back Pain (CBP) is a prevalent, debilitating disease that is severely underfunded and under-researched. This study aimed to determine if CBP participants empathized more with an individual in acute pain than healthy controls and what the neural mechanisms are underlying this process.


May Festivities

Div III Gallery Highlights Exhibition

Hampshire College Art Gallery, Harold F. Johnson Library, May 13-17, open M-F 10.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m., and on Commencement Day 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Div III students from across the studio arts, film/photo/video, architectural studies and more will present selected highlights in a large group show, curated by a team of peers (and with support from Charlotte Hawkins, gallery alumni fellow in the Knowledge Commons).

Thursday, May 16

Mandatory Graduate Informational Meeting

All graduating students are required to attend this informational session for commencement.
3:00-4:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall Main Lecture Hall

Div-Free Dance Party Celebration (hosted by alumni and family relations and the Graduate Gift Program)

Come celebrate your alum status! Alumni and family relations invites you to a free dance party for all graduating students. Join classmates for tapas, drinks, and dancing until midnight. You are more than welcome to invite favorite faculty, staff, and even your parents to this event.
8:30 p.m.-Midnight in the Red Barn

Friday, May 17

Division III Presentation and Performance Showcase

Come enjoy a sampling of Division III projects presented by Hampshire's graduates. The showcase includes academic presentations, performances, film screenings, and readings. You may pick up a schedule in the Franklin Patterson Hall lobby beginning at noon on Friday, May 17.
1-4 p.m. in Various Locations

Community Commencement Reception

(Hosted by the offices of the President and dean of faculty)
Join the graduating students, their friends, and families in celebrating their commencement with light hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and congratulatory remarks from staff and faculty speaker.
4:00-5:30 p.m., Robert Crown Center RCC

Saturday, May 18

Commencement Ceremony

Please arrive early to ensure good seats. There are no tickets. Air-conditioned overflow seating is available in the Main Lecture Hall of Franklin Patterson Hall.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Library Lawn

Celebratory Reception

Join the 2019 graduates for light refreshments immediately following the ceremony.
1-3 p.m. on the library lawn

Diplomas Dispersed

1-2 p.m., Cole Science Center Foyer

Sunday, May 19

Student Residences Close

10 a.m.

*Please note that all events are tentative and subject to change.

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