Williams College Celebrates 228th Commencement
On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Williams College President Adam F. Falk conferred bachelor’s degrees on 525 seniors. Master of Arts degrees were awarded to 13 students in the Program in the History of Art, and 30 fellows from the Center for Development Economics received M.A. degrees in Policy Economics.
View a recording of the full ceremony.
- Ursula M. Burns, Commencement speaker
- Deval Patrick, Baccalaureate speaker
- Gish Jen, Honorary Degree Recipient
- Mario J. Molina, Honorary Degree Recipient
- Long Dang, Class Speaker, “Figure It Out”
- Lauren Nevin, Phi Beta Kappa Speaker, “Folded, Not Forgotten”
- Emma Harrington, Valedictorian, “Big Hits and Level Heads” (Dewey Prize)
Honorary Degree Citations
- Ursula M. Burns, Doctor of Laws
- Gish Jen, Doctor of Letters
- Mario J. Molina, Doctor of Science
- Deval L. Patrick, Doctor of Laws
- James T. Carlton, Professor of Marine Sciences
- Robert L. Fisher, Jr., Assistant Professor of Physical Education
- Robert D. Kavanaugh, Hales Professor of Psychology
- T. Michael Russo, Assistant Professor of Physical Education
Also receiving emeritus status this year are Marsha I. Altschuler, Biology; William R. Darrow, Religion; and Sherron E. Knopp, English.