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Video Excerpts from the 2015 Commencement Ceremony

Posted May 22, 2015

You’ve seen the photos. Read about post-graduation plans. Now, relive a few minutes of Bryn Mawr’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony with the below video excerpts of poet Billy Collins and Bryn Mawr President Kimberly Cassidy. Students and family members interested in a video of the entire ceremony can order a DVD of the event. Congratulations once […]

Set to Make Their Mark on the World, Class of 2015 Receives Degrees on Saturday, May 16

Posted May 14, 2015
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The more than 300 undergraduate members of the Class of 2015 and the graduating members of Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research will receive their degrees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Convocation is scheduled for Friday, May 15. Billy Collins, former Poet […]

Students Honored at 2015 Award Ceremony

Posted May 8, 2015
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At a ceremony on Monday, May 4, President Kim Cassidy announced the winners of a host of awards given to Bryn Mawr students. The awards and scholarships cited include honors bestowed by Bryn Mawr as well as those given by outside organizations. Below is the complete list of awards and honorees. Additional awards will be […]

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Honored With 2015 Hepburn Medal

Posted April 23, 2015
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The 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal was awarded to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday, April 17 at a ceremony in Goodhart Hall. In accepting the award, Justice Sotomayor noted the influence Bryn Mawr had on the life of the women for whom it is named and the enduring power of sisterhood. “During a […]

Kim Cassidy Inaugurated As Bryn Mawr’s Ninth President

Posted September 25, 2014
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Echoing her comments at Convocation earlier this month, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy closed her inauguration speech by calling on the Bryn Mawr community to “take every opportunity to inject creativity and joy into what we do.” However, there was no need for prodding last weekend as Bryn Mawr students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumnae/i, friends, […]

2014-15 Academic Year Begins with Convocation

Posted September 4, 2014

The 2014-15 academic year officially began Tuesday with the first day of classes and the fall Convocation ceremony. Interim Provost Mary Osirim opened up the ceremony and was followed by Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Dean Darlyne Bailey. Professor of Mathematics Helen Grundman addressed the gathered students on behalf of the faculty […]

Bryn Mawr College Commencement 2014

Posted May 22, 2014

Hundreds of family members and friends of the Class of 2014 and of the graduating students of Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 17, to celebrate the achievements of the graduates. We’ve gathered nearly 200 of our […]

May Day 2014 in Pictures

Posted May 8, 2014

From the strawberries and cream in the morning to the evening screening of A Philadelphia Story, May Day 2014 was a huge success. See more than 80 photos from the day in the below slideshow or in this online gallery.

Award-Winning NPR Interviewer Terry Gross To Deliver Bryn Mawr College’s Commencement Address

Posted March 27, 2014
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Terry Gross, one of the most trusted and respected voices in American media, will deliver the Commencement address to Bryn Mawr College’s Class of 2014 and degree candidates from its two graduate schools at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.

Photos of Lantern Night 2013

Posted October 31, 2013

Since 1906, first- and second-year students have gathered in the Thomas Hall Cloister every fall for Lantern Night. This hallowed tradition signifies the passing of the light of knowledge from one class to another. For photos from this year’s Lantern Night, see the below slideshow or view the online gallery. For student reflections on Lantern […]

Bryn Mawr Celebrates the Life of Dean Karen Tidmarsh

Posted October 3, 2013

On Saturday, Sept. 28, members of the Bryn Mawr College community gathered to celebrate the life of Dean Karen Tidmarsh, who died at age 63 in her Haverford home on March 2, 2013. Born May 19, 1949, Dean Tidmarsh devoted more than half of her life to Bryn Mawr College, from which she graduated in […]

2013-14 Academic Year Begins With Convocation

Posted September 5, 2013

The 2013-14 academic year officially began Tuesday with the first day of classes and the fall Convocation ceremony, where speakers included Professor of Social Work Cynthia Bisman, Simona Clausnitzer ’14, GSSWSR student Shawn Maxam, and Bryn Mawr Interim President Kim Cassidy. In addition to welcoming new and returning students to campus, Cassidy used the occasion […]

Hillary Rodham Clinton Delivers Women in Public Service Project Keynote

Posted July 10, 2013
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In delivering her keynote address for the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute 2013 in Thomas Great Hall on Tuesday July 9, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised the delegates in attendance and urged them to continue to “step up and put themselves on the line.” “We need more leaders to stand […]

Bryn Mawr College Commencement 2013

Posted May 22, 2013

Undeterred by the threat of rain, hundreds of family members and friends gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 18, to celebrate Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2013. To see photos from the above slide show, visit this online gallery. Prior to receiving their degrees, the Class of 2013 heard from Commencement Speaker Meenakshi Gopinath, president […]

Commencement Celebration Continues at Garden Party

Posted May 22, 2013

Each year, as the seniors are preparing to receive their diplomas, a whole other kind of preparation is going on across campus. Garden Party, a tradition first mentioned in a College publication in 1916, is a tea party held to celebrate the new graduates. It provides an opportunity to introduce their families to their professors […]

A Snapshot of the Class of 2013 as They Ready to Receive Their Degrees

Posted May 16, 2013
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Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2013 is set to make its mark on the world. The 326 undergraduate members of the class and the graduating members of Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research will receive their degrees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Meenakshi […]

“Lighting the Way” Event Highlights Campus Sustainability Efforts

Posted January 31, 2013

The Sustainability Leadership Group celebrated the one-year anniversary of the LED light bulbs in the Thomas Great Hall chandelier on Tuesday. Since being installed, the lights have not yet required changing. The “Lighting the Way” celebration, co-hosted by the Noyce Math and Science Teacher Scholarship program, featured a talk by David Shiller, an environmental activist […]

Photos from Lantern Night 2012

Posted November 1, 2012

Last year it was a freak snow storm, this year it was a once-in-a-lifetime hurricane, but apparently nothing can stop Lantern Night. Since 1906 first- and second-year students have gathered in the Thomas Hall Cloister for this time-honored tradition in which the light of knowledge is passed from one class to another. See photos from […]

Academic Year Officially Gets Underway with Fall Convocation

Posted September 6, 2012

Last Wednesday, Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe and other College officials addressed a crowded Goodhart Hall as they welcomed the Class of 2016. This week, it was the members of the Class of 2013 taking center stage as their final year at Bryn Mawr officially began with the fall Convocation on Tuesday. Convocation is a […]

Commencement 2012 in Pictures

Posted May 17, 2012

Hundreds of family members and friends gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 12, to celebrate Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2012. Mary Robinson, the first woman to serve as president of Ireland and former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, gave the Commencement address. Related Commencement 2012 in Social Media 2012 Graduates: a Snapshot […]

2012 Graduates: Snapshot of a Group That’s Going Places

Posted May 10, 2012
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Updated May 14, 2012. Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2012—308 undergraduate students from throughout the United States and the world—were graduated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, on Merion Green. The College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences granted 14 doctorates and 16 master’s degrees. Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research […]

Students Honored at 2012 Awards Ceremony

Posted April 26, 2012

At a ceremony on Thursday, April 19, President Jane McAuliffe announced the winners of a host of awards given to Bryn Mawr students. The awards and scholarships cited include honors bestowed by Bryn Mawr as well as those given by outside organizations. The complete list of awards and honorees: NATIONAL AWARDS Council on Undergraduate Research […]

May Day 2012 Scheduled for Sunday, April 29

Posted April 20, 2012
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As finals week approaches and Bryn Mawr students bear down on exams and papers, the College’s traditional May Day celebration urges emergence from the library stacks and the lifting of noses from grindstones with a daylong moratorium on academic activity. For several years, Bryn Mawr’s May Day celebration has been held on the Sunday following […]

Mary Robinson, First Woman to Serve as President of Ireland, to Give Bryn Mawr College’s 2012 Commencement Address

Posted March 22, 2012
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Mary Robinson, the first woman to serve as President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will give the Commencement address to Bryn Mawr College’s graduating class on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. on Merion Green. Robinson, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in July 2009, has spent most […]

Annual Sunday MLK Day Celebration Features Panel Discussion on the Role of Religion in Social Justice

Posted January 12, 2012
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The Main Line Martin Luther King Association will hold its annual Sunday celebration of the legacy of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.  in conjunction with Bryn Mawr College on Sunday, Jan. 15, beginning at 3 p.m. The event will take place in Goodhart Hall’s McPherson Auditorium, on the Bryn Mawr campus

Photos From a Snowy Lantern Night

Posted November 10, 2011

Amelia Lee Zhi Yi ’13 captured some amazing photos of Lantern Night that she’s allowed us to share. As has been the tradition since 1906, the class of 2015 received its lanterns in the Thomas Hall Cloister. Lantern Night marked the first time the Cloister was open to the public since renovation work on Thomas […]

Memorial Gathering for Retired Professor of Mathematics Ty Cunningham Set for Nov. 12

Posted October 20, 2011
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Members of the Bryn Mawr community are invited to attend a memorial gathering for retired Professor of Mathematics Frederic (Ty) Cunningham on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Ely Room of the Wyndham Alumnae House. Cunningham passed away on Sept. 28, just a few weeks after celebrating his 90th birthday. Cunningham (Sept. 6, […]

Bryn Mawr College and Montgomery County Community College Celebrate Transfer Agreement

Posted September 29, 2011
BMC President Jane McAuliffe, MCCC student Jocelyn Moye, Abby Hochman

Bryn Mawr College President Jane McAuliffe, Abby Hochman ’13, and Christina Rose Dubb, who recently joined the College as the coordinator of the community-college-transfer initiative, joined officials from Montgomery County Community College last week to celebrate the new transfer agreement between the two schools. Last spring, Bryn Mawr College received a three-year, $400,000 Community College […]

Thomas Cloister To be Open in Time for Lantern Night

Posted September 29, 2011
Photo Courtesy of Ashley Nguyen

When the class of 2015 receives its lanterns on Sunday, Oct. 30, in one of the College’s most cherished traditions, the ceremony, like more than 100 before it, will take place in the Cloister, says Bryn Mawr Engineer Jim McGaffin. The Cloister has been closed since renovation work on Thomas Great Hall began in March […]

At Convocation, President Notes What’s New on Campus: Athletic Field, Dining Hall Makeover, Student Lounge, More

Posted September 1, 2011
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At Fall Convocation on Monday, Aug. 29, President Jane McAuliffe welcomed the campus community back to Bryn Mawr with a brief overview of some of the changes that took place over the summer (see photos from Convocation and the community picnic that followed in the slideshow above. If your device doesn’t support Flash, see the […]

Bryn Mawr Welcomes Class of 2015

Posted August 25, 2011
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With laundry baskets, laptops, pillows, books, clothes, and everything else needed to transform a dorm room into a home, the 364 members of the Class of 2015, many with families in tow, have arrived at Bryn Mawr for Customs Week. The Class of 2015 hails from 35 states and the District of Columbia, and from […]

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

Posted May 17, 2011

Commencement Speaker Judith Jamison 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!”

Class of 2011 To Receive Degrees and Celebrate Commencement Weekend

Posted May 12, 2011
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Bryn Mawr’s class of 2011—325 undergraduate students from throughout the United States and the world—will be graduated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, on Merion Green. The College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will be granting nine doctorates and 24 master’s degrees. Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research will […]

May Day Celebration in Pictures

Posted May 5, 2011
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A mix of old and new, Bryn Mawr’s May Day celebration is among the College’s most treasured traditions. Below are a few select images from the day. Links to student photos of the day and a thread about how alumnae across the globe celebrated can be found on the College’s Facebook page.

Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

Posted April 28, 2011

At a ceremony on Thursday, April 21, President Jane McAuliffe announced the winners of a host of awards given to Bryn Mawr students. The awards and scholarships cited include honors bestowed by Bryn Mawr as well as those given by outside organizations. The complete list of awards and honorees: NATIONAL AWARDS Fulbright Fellowship Gretchen Knoth […]

Dance Icon Judith Jamison to Receive M. Carey Thomas Award and Give 2011 Commencement Address

Posted March 31, 2011
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Dance icon Judith Jamison, choreographer and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will give the Commencement address to Bryn Mawr College’s graduating class on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. on Merion Green. As a dancer with the Alvin Ailey troupe, from 1965 to 1980, Jamison joined the ranks of the most […]

Video Collection Focuses on Award of 2011 Katharine Hepburn Medal to Helene Gayle

Posted March 15, 2011
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On Saturday, Feb. 12, Bryn Mawr College’s Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center presented the 2011 Katharine Hepburn Medal to Helene Gayle, president and chief executive officer of the international humanitarian organization CARE, in honor of her efforts to fight global poverty and reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Collected here are 10 videos associated with the event: […]

Hepburn Medal Awarded to CARE CEO Helene Gayle: Photos of the Gala

Posted February 16, 2011

On Saturday, Feb. 12, Bryn Mawr College’s Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center presented the 2011 Katharine Hepburn Medal to Helene Gayle, president and chief executive officer of the international humanitarian organization CARE, in honor of her efforts to fight global poverty and reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS Read more»

Hiroshi Iwasaki to Be Remembered Jan. 21

Posted January 13, 2011
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On Friday, Jan. 21, on what would have been his 60th birthday, Bryn Mawr College will commemorate longtime Technical Director of Theater Hiroshi Iwasaki in Goodhart Hall’s Hepburn Teaching Theater at 5 p.m. Iwakasi died of cancer on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Friends and colleagues will gather in the theater, which Iwasaki helped design, for about […]

Helene Gayle, Chief Exec of CARE, To Receive 2011 Katharine Hepburn Medal

Posted November 18, 2010
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To Attend the Ceremony To reserve a space at the award ceremony, fill out this form on the Hepburn Center’s website. Tickets also available at the door. The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College will present the 2011 Katharine Hepburn Medal to Helene Gayle, president and chief executive officer of the international humanitarian […]

Family Weekend Celebrates Bryn Mawr’s 125th, Athletic Association’s 120th

Posted November 3, 2010

From Friday, Nov. 5, to Sunday, Nov. 7, Bryn Mawr will host almost 525 members of students’ families at Family Weekend 2010. The three-day event will feature activities all over campus led by faculty, staff, and students. The visitors will attend lectures by faculty and staff, receive tours of the campus and of Philadelphia, and […]

Bryn Mawr Celebrates Founding with Cake, Conference, Art Exhibition, and Mural Event on Sept. 23

Posted September 16, 2010

On Sept. 23 1885, Bryn Mawr’s first group of students entered Taylor Hall. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of this event, Bryn Mawr has a full day of activities scheduled. 12:30 p.m: Birthday cake ceremony on Merion Green (Campus Center rain location) with a cake provided by Charm City Cakes of Food Network’s Ace of […]

Convocation Kicks Off 125th-Anniversary Celebration With a Call to Educate Women Worldwide—and a Party

Posted September 2, 2010

Bryn Mawr’s Fall Convocation 2010 marked the official start of the College’s 125th anniversary with colorful ceremony and a stirring speech from President Jane McAuliffe, who asserted that Bryn Mawr  is ideally positioned to serve as  “a voice for the education and empowerment of women worldwide.” The president then invited the community to  a picnic […]

Fall 2010 Convocation Launches Campus Celebration of BMC’s 125th Anniversary

Posted August 26, 2010

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe invites the entire Bryn Mawr community to join her for the fall convocation on Monday, Aug. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall, as the college officially begins its academic year and the celebration of its 125th anniversary. In addition to comments from McAuliffe, representatives of the […]

Bryn Mawr Welcomes Unprecedented Number of International Students in Class of 2014

Posted August 26, 2010
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Cloudy skies occasionally threatened, but did not rain on the 369 members of Bryn Mawr’s class of 2014 as they arrived on campus, wrangled their belongings into dorm rooms, met new classmates and advisers, and parted from their families on Wednesday, Aug. 25. The College also welcomed five transfer students and five Katharine McBride Scholars. […]

Reunion Attendance Expected to Increase by 25 Percent

Posted May 20, 2010
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More than 800 Bryn Mawr alumnae/i, including several from the class of 1940, will be returning to campus Friday, May 28, through Sunday, May 30, to take up their lanterns at Reunion 2010 … Read more»

Urged to “Give Back,” Class of 2010 Graduates With 80% Participation in Senior Gift

Posted May 20, 2010
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“Nice women don’t change the world,” noted Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams at Bryn Mawr’s 2010 Commencement Convocation, urging graduates to speak up for their beliefs even when silence is the norm … Read more»

Bryn Mawr Students Take Part in “City of Graduates” Event

Posted May 20, 2010

Class of 2010 members Beverlei Barrett-Walker and Courtney Malpass joined fellow native Philadelphians graduating from area colleges and universities for a celebratory photo on the steps of the Art Museum on Friday, May 14. Read more»

Class of 2010 to Celebrate Convocation and Commencement Weekend

Posted May 13, 2010
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Bryn Mawr’s class of 2010—320 undergraduate students from throughout the United States and the world—will be graduated at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16 on Merion Green. The College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will also be granting 18 Ph.D.s and 23 master’s degrees. Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research […]

Grand May Day Scheduled for May 2

Posted April 23, 2010
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This year’s May Day celebration will occur on Sunday, May 2. All of the day’s events are free, and most are open to the general public … Read more»