Bryn Mawr’s 2011 Commencement and Convocation in Photos and Video

Posted May 17th, 2011 at 3:17 pm.

Go here to see the 2011 Convocation and Commencement Ceremony in pictures, or click on any image above to make it bigger and click again to go to the online album.

Undeterred by the threat of rain, hundreds of family members and friends gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 14, to celebrate Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2011.

Commencement Speaker Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, got the ceremony off to a rousing start with an address in which she told the graduating class to “Sing your song, dance your dance, graduate, and party for a minute!”

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe then took to the podium.

“It’s hard to see you go and I hope you will return to campus often,” McAuliffe said in opening her remarks. “When you do, please look for me. I’ll be the lady in the Princess Leia costume arranging the colorful lawn furniture,” she jokingly added in a nod to this year’s April fools prank by the College and the ever-controversial “vibrancy chairs” that made their debut on campus this year.

McAuliffe then spoke about the College’s 125th anniversary coming to an end and how much the concerns of the speakers at the College’s opening ceremony—including poet James Russell Lowell, who said, “One of the great objects of the training of the present day should be to produce men and women who know the difference between literature and printed matter”—mirror those of today.

“Lowell’s distinction between literature and ‘printed matter’ evokes our current lively discussions about how to navigate the data deluge of our digital age. The College that you graduates have graced during your years here is ever evolving, yet ever revolving around its core commitments,” said McAuliffe.

In conclusion, McAuliffe called on the Class of 2011 to “be powerful advocates for the needs of women worldwide. Whatever your personal and professional pathways, let your years here empower you to speak out, to create the change that will transform lives, both yours and your sisters’ across the globe.”

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