This is Vassar: The newsletter for Vassar College Alumnae/i and Families

Commencement 2008!

On Sunday, May 25, Vassar’s 144th commencement exercises took place, marking the grand finale of a Senior Week packed with special events to celebrate the Class of 2008.

The day before, the African American Alumnae/i of Vassar College (AAAVC) hosted its 19th annual Kente Cloth Ceremony, in which graduating seniors were presented with Kente cloths to wear in addition to their commencement robes. The Asian Pacific Alumnae/i of Vassar College (APAVC) also celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2008 in its eighth annual Lei Ceremony. Graduating seniors were given open ti-leaf leis to wear at this year’s commencement, a symbol of their contributions to the Asian American community at Vassar and beyond.

Alumnae/i were also represented in full force at Sunday’s ceremonies: almost 20 college trustees marched in the processional and AAVC President and Trustee Meg Venecek Johnson ’84 welcomed the Class of 2008 to the ranks of Vassar alumnae/i. Also addressing the crowd was Senior Class President Colin Sanders, who told his classmates, “We are students first and foremost but the beauty of a liberal arts education, of a Vassar education, is the acknowledgement that one can be a student while dancing while running while singing and it is probably best if we are doing all three.”

June 2008

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