During the ceremony, the Oakes and Louise Ames Award for Outstanding Thesis was presented to Hana Tanabe ’22, an East Asian Studies major and theater minor from Deep River, Connecticut. Tanabe’s dissertation, “‘Living as Art’: Performance and the Haunting of the Japanese Diaspora,” is an autoethnographic narrative intertwined with scholarly analysis that explores how Japanese and Japanese American artists use embodied practices of memorialization to address erasures and absences in narratives of racialization, displacement and migration.
The College awarded the Anna Lord Strauss Medal for outstanding public or community service, including service to the College, to Jacob Nozaki ’22, major in computer science, double minor in psychology and German studies, and research fellow at the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies of the College. and the liberal arts of Barrington, Rhode Island. A conscientious and compassionate contributor to shared governance, an engaged researcher, and a collaborative community builder, Nozaki has demonstrated a serious commitment to service throughout the institution, as well as to fellow students, the greater New London community, and academic communities. and marginalized around the world. .
At the end of the ceremony, Emily Greenslit ’22, Samuel Kasem-Beg ’22, Lauren Moonan ’22 and Max Toscano ’22 sang the “Alma Mater”, with musical accompaniment from the New London Big Band. They were then joined by Bergeron to sing Connecticut College’s “Victory Song.”
Launch events began earlier in the week with the induction of 41 senior graduates into Phi Beta Kappa, the National Academic Honor Society; graduation ceremonies for senior scholars at the College’s interdisciplinary scholarship centres; a Pause reflection event; a ceremonial robbery of the unit house; and special gatherings for student-athletes, international graduates, and Posse scholars.
Now graduating, members of the Class of 2022 travel to locations around the world to pursue a wide range of opportunities. One received a Watson Fellowship to travel to Brussels, Belgium; Taipei, Taiwan; New Delhi, India; and Mexico City, Mexico to study the financing, production and distribution of documentaries that inspire environmental justice and social activism. Five graduates have received Fulbright scholarships to teach English in Germany, Greece, Kazakhstan and Taiwan. Class members have been accepted into graduate programs at Harvard University, Duke University, Columbia University, Brown University, Boston College, Boston University, at New York University, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Connecticut, while others have accepted positions at companies and organizations such as Microsoft, Bank of America, IBM, Morningstar, Red Bull, Citi, The Walt Disney Company, MUFG, JPMorgan Chase, United States Tennis Association, Peace Corps and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.