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Commencement 2009

Posted: 05/16/2009

In a ceremony Saturday that started in radiant sunshine and was threatened by rain but spared, the College sent into the world Saturday more than 640 members of the Class of 2009 its largest class ever.

It was the College's 98th Commencement, held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Thirty-seven students in the College's University Without Walls program also were awarded degrees, as were 18 who received master's degrees through the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program.

Honorary degrees were awarded to Carter F. Bales, an emeritus director of McKinsey & Co. a past vice chairman of the Nature Conservancy who is a leading expert on the issue of climate change and cost-effective approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and Fred Wilson, an artist who is widely recognized for the site-specific installations he has created to explore issues of racial bias, gender, class, politics and aesthetics.

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