On an ideal spring morning, members of the Class of 2023 received their degrees at Swarthmore College's 151st Commencement ceremony, held on Sunday, May 21.
Of the 392 graduates, 376 received the Bachelor of Arts degree and 33 the Bachelor of Science in engineering degree. A total of 55 students received Honors. Callie Cho ’23 offered remarks as the senior class speaker.
After receiving their degrees on stage, the graduating engineers carried puzzle pieces that formed the message “Swarthmore Engineering Class of 2023.”
At the ceremony, President Valerie Smith awarded four honorary degrees: a Doctor of Arts to architect Marianne McKenna ’72, a Doctor of Laws to U.S. Department of Agriculture administrator Karama Neal ’93, and Doctors of Science to wildlife conservationists Amy Vedder '72 and Bill Weber '73.
Special awards announced at the ceremony included the Oak and Ivy (Erin Chen ’23 and Ann Sinclair ’23), Lang (Jay Leeds ’23), and McCabe Engineering (Amra Rey Mendoza ’23) awards.
Eugene Lang Research Professor of Anthropology Farha Ghannam and Sannan Dhillon ’23 addressed the senior class at Last Collection on May 19. Speakers at this address, an assembly-style gathering, are chosen by the senior class. James Hammons Professor of Physical Chemistry Tom Stephenson addressed the graduating class at Baccalaureate services on May 20. The Baccalaureate is the spiritual component of Commencement weekend, featuring the inspirational remarks of a friend of the College.