Members of the Class of 2016 crossed Chase Stage and received their diplomas at Earlham's 169th Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 7.
President David Dawson helped deliver the degrees to 215 graduates receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree and 15 students receiving the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The Earlham School of Religion conferred seven Master of Divinity and three Master of Arts in Religion degrees.
Among this year's graduates is Clarice Perryman, who is one of the nationwide winners of a National Science Foundation Fellowship; Chisama Ku Penn, who was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar; Sonia Kabra, who received grant funding from Projects for Peace to implement a "Sisterhood Peace Project" in India; and three of the four members of Earlham’s Hult Prize regional-championship team (Kabra, Iman Cooper and Leslie Ossete).
Following tradition, an Earlham teaching faculty member delivers the Baccalaureate Address. This year, James Logan presented, “A (lacixodaraP) World of Fire and Peace.” He is Professor of Religion, Professor and Director of African and African American Studies, Class Dean, and National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies.
The College also recognized six retiring professors: Barbara Caruso (English, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies), Mary Garman (Religion), Michael Jackson (Psychology), Akiko Kakutani (Japanese Studies), Monteze Snyder (Business and Non-Profit Management), and Kathy Taylor (Spanish and Hispanic Studies).
Every year Earlham's Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies are streamed live at the Earlham website for the pleasure of our graduate's family and friends and our globally engaged alumni network.