Notes from Paradise
Oprah Winfrey To Graduates: Live with Intention
At Smith’s 139th Commencement, Oprah Winfrey urged Smith graduates to live with intention and to seek fulfillment by “shifting the paradigm to service.” Go to Smith’s Commencement archive page to see Winfrey’s Commencement speech, photo galleries from Commencement and Ivy Day, and much more.  
New Grad Earns Reproductive Rights Certificate Alumnae Return in Record Numbers for Reunion Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Named
Sarah Flores Shannon ’17 is the first Smith student to graduate with a Five College certificate in reproductive health, rights and justice. The certificate’s experiential requirement led Flores Shannon to spend her junior year studying population trends in Cuba, making her the first member of her family to return to the island since her mother left nearly 60 years ago. Alumnae from the classes of 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997, 2007 came back to campus to celebrate Reunion. And they came back in record numbers: more than 1,100 alumnae and close to 500 guests. The class of 1967 broke attendance and fundraising records, with more than $26 million raised for Smith in the past five years. Enjoy this Ivy Day photo gallery as the campus prepares to welcome more alumnae this weekend for Reunion II.   Julia Chase-Brand ’63 is among the members of the third class inducted into the Smith College Athletics Hall of Fame. This year’s group includes graduates from as early as 1949 and as recent as 2005. Chase-Brand was the first woman to cross the finish line of the Manchester (CT) Road Race, despite a legal ban against female participation. An induction ceremony will be held on campus in October.
Using Drones in Wildlife Conservation
Students working in Smith’s Spatial Analysis Lab took a research trip to St. Catherines Island, Georgia, to put their drone-use skills into practice and to identify and map sea turtle nests and tortoise burrows. Watch what their research uncovered.

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Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
FORTUNE: Oprah Winfrey offers Smith College graduation address
BOSTON GLOBE: Oprah Winfrey tells Smith grads to seek fulfillment in service
THE TELEGRAPH: Race for the planet: How Wendy Schmidt ’77 is taking sustainability to the world of sailing
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