Commencement 2015

A graduate waves to her family

At Swarthmore's 143rd commencement on May 31, Interim President Constance Hungerford awarded honorary degrees to conductor and teacher John Alston, Justice Randy J. Holland ’69, and scientist and educator Molly Miller Jahn ’80. In addition, 391 undergraduates were awarded degrees at the ceremony, held at the Scott Amphitheater.

Of the 391 graduates, 380 received the Bachelor of Arts degree and 17 the Bachelor of Science in engineering degree. Six had double degrees. Highest honors were awarded to seven graduates, 42 received high honors, and 25 received honors. The senior class speaker, as voted by his classmates, was Patrick Ross from Rutherford, N.J., who graduated with majors in theater and English literature.

Special awards announced at the ceremony include the Ivy, Oak Leaf, Lang, and McCabe Engineering Awards.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Athropology Nina Johnson and Noel Quiñones '15 addressed the senior class at Last Collection on May 29. Speakers at this address, an assembly-style gathering, are chosen by the senior class. Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Literature Philip Weinstein addressed the graduating class at Baccalaureate services on May 30. The Baccalaureate is the spiritual component of Commencement weekend, featuring the inspirational remarks of a friend of the College.