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An Unconventional Year Culminates in 2021 Commencement Ceremony

During Vassar’s 2021 Commencement Ceremony, held on Sunday, June 6, green energy technologist Jessica O. Matthews offered some profoundly unorthodox advice: You don’t need a plan to be successful. President Elizabeth Bradley marveled at the resilience of the Class of 2021. The class president assured classmates that it’s never too late to learn something new. Finally, graduates got to toss their hats and be welcomed as alumnae/i.

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Gifting Green: The Spirit of ’71

With the class of 1971’s landmark Reunion approaching, Jill Troy Werner ’71 created an Endowment for Research and Teaching on Climate Change and Sustainability, and Mary Price ’71 along her husband, Nick Waser—both of whom are field ecologists—made a gift to support “people and programs” at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. These gifts inspired their class to fund the Class of 1971 Gateway to the Old Vassar Farm as its 50th Reunion gift.

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Vassar to Rename Cultural Center Building

Vassar College’s ALANA Center, which provides resources and programs for students of color, will be named for Professor Jeh Vincent Johnson, the pioneering African American architect and former Vassar faculty member who designed it. President Elizabeth H. Bradley made the announcement as part of the recent African American Alumnae/i of Vassar College (AAAVC) Triennial, which celebrates the contributions of African American alumnae/i, students, faculty, administrators, and staff of Vassar College. Johnson died in January.

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AAAVC’s 13th Triennial: A Chance to Reconnect, Remember, and Reflect

The African American Alumnae/i of Vassar College (AAAVC) celebrated its 13th Triennial April 9-11, hosting nearly 100 alumnae/i of the College. While the event was virtual, Karen Roberts Turner ’86 echoed what many AAAVC members expressed throughout the weekend: “The virtual platform actually allowed some alums to participate who otherwise might not have been able to travel. I was delighted to reconnect with so many of the people who made my Vassar experience as a student and as an alum so incredibly meaningful,” she said.

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AAVC Spotlight: Earth Month Focus: Kabira Stokes ’99 and Lydia Mendoza

This year, the alumnae/i association, AAVC, turns 150. Throughout 2021, the College will be celebrating this anniversary by highlighting a few of Vassar’s most notable alumnae/i in architecture, arts, business, education, entertainment, healthcare, humanitarian efforts, law, social justice, and technology. For Earth Month, we focus on two alumnae who have dedicated themselves to bettering the planet’s environment while creating opportunity for all.

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