Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

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Class of 2016 Yes!

When President Hanno asked whether they were ready to graduate, the Class of 2016 had the answer: Yes!

In a world filled with inequities and the denial of basic human rights, often supported by widely held beliefs and opinions, keynote speaker Sunila Thomas George ’91 challenged Wheaton’s graduating seniors to courageously speak up for what needs to be changed.

“If you remember one thing from today’s Commencement address, remember this: Never stop questioning conventional wisdom,” she urged on a sunny May morning full of promise.

“No matter where you go from here, you will be faced with differing viewpoints, and Wheaton College—our Wheaton College—has prepared you for the world out there, where you will live alongside people who have backgrounds and beliefs different from your own, and where you will be confronted with opinions with which you disagree,” said George, a four-term commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

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Graduates heading off into the world of work

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Fulbright wins

Seniors receive scholarships to teach, study abroad

Among the Class of 2016 graduating seniors are four students who have been honored with Fulbright Scholarships, and five more students received other prestigious awards.

Wheaton consistently has been recognized for its efforts to prepare students to win U.S. Fulbrights—an honor the college has received for 11 consecutive years.

Operated through the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program provides grants for recent graduates, graduate students and young professionals to conduct independent study or research abroad or to engage in English Teaching Assistantships at more than 65 locations around the world. [Read more...]

The code of learning

Watson Fellow to study youth robotics programs

Javon Mullings ’16Javon Mullings ’16 credits robots with helping him to discover his interest in bioinformatics, a discipline that combines computer science and biology.

To be clear, robots served as subjects for Mullings to design and build. As a high school student, Mullings joined a robotics competition club and discovered the lure of computer programming and creative problem-solving. It changed his life.

“Robotics involves structural and computational innovation that turns one’s mind into a problem-solving machine. I know it did for me,” he said. “I want to discover how communities worldwide are impacted by youth robotics programs.”

Mullings won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship that will allow him to explore that question by observing and serving teenagers participating in robotics clubs in Cambodia, India, Ireland, South Africa and Japan. [Read more...]