Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Congrats, Class of 2015!

Class 15 NPP_0474The New England forecast threatened rain (again), but the sun came through for the 371 members of the Class of 2015 during Wheaton’s 180th Commencement on Saturday, May 16.

President Dennis M. Hanno and SGA president John Paul Carando

President Dennis M. Hanno and SGA president John Paul Carando

“Boy, do you deserve this day,” President Dennis M. Hanno told them, officiating his first Wheaton Commencement as president. “Four years of the weather from hell you have endured and a weather forecast that said it was going to rain on your parade, and this is what we get. You deserve it.”

“You have achieved a great deal,” he continued. “You are scholars in every field—from English and German to chemistry and economics. Your abilities have been recognized in numerous ways, from invitations to present your work at academic conferences across the country and some of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships, to outstanding job opportunities and admission to the top graduate schools in the U.S. and abroad. You have learned about other cultures through study and travel around the globe. You have contributed to education and arts programs in communities across the U.S. and around the world, running youth programs, tutoring beginning readers, teaching English and helping high school students prepare for college. And it is with gratitude that I note how your leadership and energy have enhanced our campus. …Bravo.” [Read more...]

Flurry of Fulbrights

It was another busy spring for Wheaton students and graduates winning Fulbrights, with eight seniors and three recent graduates receiving awards to teach or conduct research abroad. In addition, Wheaton students won a Projects for Peace grant, a Beinecke Scholarship and two Watson Fellowships. Here’s a look at the Fulbright winners:

Clancy Connolly ’15

Wheaton Fulbright ScholarHometown: Scarborough, Maine

Major: Anthropology

Award: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

For Clancy Connolly, learning a language is about more than picking up words and inflections—it’s about cultural immersion and exchange. She will experience all of that while teaching English in Macau. [Read more...]

Graduates head into the world of work

Many of the members of the Class of 2015, leveraging their Wheaton education and experiences, had already secured jobs before graduating in May. Here are just a few: [Read more...]

Creating a safe space

Marguerite Dooley ’16

Marguerite Dooley ’16

Having experienced homelessness as a teenager, Marguerite Dooley ’16 is now in the position to give back.

The recipient of a 2015 Projects for Peace grant, Dooley launched a program this summer to support youths in southern Vermont who are facing challenges similar to those she overcame.

“This project has a lot of personal connections for me, especially because I’m implementing it in my hometown, working with a shelter and other organizations that I have been closely involved with in the past,” Dooley said. “I believe that giving kids opportunities for social and educational outlets when they are younger will lead them to seek those opportunities out as they become older and more independent—something I hope this project inspires.” [Read more...]