First Collection 2011: Kenyetta Givans ’12

Kenyetta Givans '12 encouraged members of the Class of 2015 to challenge themselves during their time on campus and to choose carefully among all the opportunities that will be available to them. "They are the building blocks," she said, "to an unbelievable future." Givans, a biology major from Conshocken, Pa., is an RA and a decorated member of the women's track and field team. In May, she finished the 2011 Centennial Conference Championships with one of the best single-day performances of her career, winning the gold medal and smashing the school record in both the 100 meter (14.73) and 400 meter (1:03.15) hurdles. Thanks to her two golds, Givans was named the 2011 Centennial Conference Most Outstanding Women's Track Performer of the Meet. President Rebecca Chopp, Dean of Students Liz Braun, and Provost Tom Stephenson joined Givans in welcoming the Class of 2015 to Swarthmore. The a cappella group Sixteen Feet closed the ceremony by leading the class in singing the Alma Mater.