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Science Simmons to Grads: 'Take Care of Your Voice'
At Smith College's 136th Commencement on May 18, Ruth J. Simmons, the ninth president of Smith and 18th president of Brown University, advised the class of 2014 to "work to preserve the spirit of this college as a place for the free exchange of ideas—however much those ideas elicit discomfort, challenge and debate." Read the text and watch the video of Simmons' Commencement address.
The Dark Side of Retail What's Next for the Class of 2014?
With Commencement over, members of the class of 2014 are off and running. Google, the White House, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Greece (on a Fulbright to study marine ecosystems) are just a few of the places the new graduates are headed. Learn more about the varied paths Smith's newest alumnae will be taking and their hopes for the future.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Online Course on Financing Life
Personal finance doesn't have to be overwhelming. In Smith's first online course, economics professor Randall Bartlett talks about finances in plain English. With this self-directed sequence of videos and activities, you'll gain a clear understanding of how concepts like inflation and compound interest fit into the "big picture" of your financial life. Click here to register and begin the course.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith New Library E-Resources for Alumnae
In 2010, the Smith College Libraries offered alumnae access to JSTOR, a digital archive of academic journals and books. Because of the overwhelming response, the libraries have expanded e-resources available to alumnae by offering Project Muse, Sage Knowledge and Sage Journals, databases of current journals and books in a variety of disciplines. Click here for more information.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith A Look Back at 2013–14
The 2013-14 academic year began with the inauguration of a new president and ended with her urging graduating seniors to “savor the world as you save it.” In the months between, Smith celebrated institutional and community milestones on campus, in alumnae gatherings around the world and at the White House. Click here to relive some of the year’s memorable moments.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith The Stories of Activists
Gloria Steinem '56 addressed the 48 delegates of the Women in Public Service Project Institute on June 2 at Smith, where she emphasized the importance of storytelling in activism. Steinem noted, "The great social justice movements of the world are interwoven. We just know that we are together in this worldview that says human beings are linked." Watch the video of her presentation and panel discussion.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Baumer Named Honored Professor
Professor of Government Donald Baumer received the Honored Professor Award at this year's Commencement. A former Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association, Baumer has served as dean for academic development, chair of the government department, director of the Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program and director of the Public Policy Program.
The Dark Side of Retail In Tribute: Maya Angelou
In 1975, legendary poet and activist Maya Angelou was awarded an honorary degree from Smith. Five years later, she was asked to speak to Smith's graduating class of 1980. Sprinkling her address with verses from her own and others' poetry, Angelou urged the graduates to be courageous. Here, in tribute to Angelou, who died May 28, is a reprint of her Commencement address.
Video SpotlightExperience the emotion and excitement of the 2014 Commencement and Reunion weekends through these video highlights—the next best thing to being on campus.
2014 Ivy Day Parade and Convocation.
Smith College's 136th Commencement.
Reunion II Weekend Alumnae Parade.
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