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Commencement 2014

Come celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Hampshire College's graduating students at Commencement Weekend.

Pre-commencement festivities beginning on Friday, May 16, 2014 will include the Hampshire Student Division III Presentation and Performances Showcase and the Community Commencement Reception.

Commencement 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m. After the ceremony, guests will be invited to join the graduates for a celebratory picnic lunch on the lawn.

Information for Guests
Commencement is open to the public, and anyone is welcome to come commemorate this milestone. Please plan to arrive early, as there is no reserved seating.

Commencement Speaker
Hampshire College is pleased to announce that Laverne Cox will be our 2014 commencement keynote speaker, speaking on "Ain't I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood." Laverne is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate. She can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. Her portrayal of the incarcerated Sophia Burset has touched the hearts of viewers. Cox is the first African-American trans woman to produce and star in her own television show, VH1's critically acclaimed TRANSForm Me. TRANSform Me was nominated for a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2011 and was the first television show to star three transsexual women. 

Cox made television history when she became the first African-American trans woman to appear on a reality television program, VH1's I Wanna Work for Diddy in 2008. She accepted the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program for I Want to Work for Diddy in 2009. Cox was the recipient of the Anti-Violence Project's 2013 Courage Award. As a transgender advocate, Cox continues to lend her voice to the cause of transgender visibility and equality. She is committed to telling diverse and three-dimensional trans stories in the media.

Travel and Accommodations
Guests should plan ahead, as several colleges have commencement this weekend.

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Note: For special needs requests, please contact Joel Dansky, disabilities services coordinator, at 413.559.5423 no later than May 1, 2014.

Thank You
Thank you to all who made Hampshire College's 2013 commencement such a success.


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