First Collection 2011: Tom Stephenson

"The adventure that you are about to embark on," he said, "will be so much more than just an education... It is a transformative experience, and I hope that you will grasp it with all the energy you can muster."

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Provost Tom Stephenson noted that First Collection symbolically represented, in the Quaker tradition, the Class of 2015's initiation into the Swarthmore experience. "Notice that I said the word 'experience,' not education," he said, "because the adventure that you are about to embark on will be so much more than just an education... It is a transformative experience, and I hope that you will grasp it with all the energy you can muster." Dean of Students Liz Braun, President Rebecca Chopp, and Kenyetta Givans '12 also joined 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.