“Commencement is an opportunity to celebrate everything our graduates have accomplished and the wonderful possibilities that lie in their future,” said Gabe Gomez, Director of Communications at St. John’s College.
Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRWEB) May 17, 2013
Santa Fe, New Mexico: St. John’s College Santa Fe will celebrate its forty-Seventh Annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. Sixty-five undergraduates and twenty-four graduate students will take part in the ceremony, held on the Weigle Placita at St. John’s.
“St. John’s College has some of the brightest and most dynamic students in the country,” said Gabe Gomez, Director of Communications at St. John’s College. “Commencement is an opportunity to celebrate everything our graduates have accomplished and the wonderful possibilities that lie in their future.”
The commencement speaker is Jill Cooper Udall. Ms. Udall is an educator, lawyer, former Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Mexico, long-time arts advocate, and former Officer of Cultural Affairs for the State of New Mexico. She was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Ms. Udall also sits on the Board of Visitors and Governors for St. John's College and the Boards of Directors for the Washington National Opera, Ford's Theatre, Santa Fe Conservation Trust, SITE Santa Fe, Southwest Care Center, and the Meridian International Center. She has been engaged as a consultant on museum issues for the President’s Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States and for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, where, among other things, she worked with the State Department’s Arts in Embassies Program to commission work by Native American artists to hang in diplomatic residences around the world. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University Law School and is currently finishing her first novel.
The greatest concentration of graduating seniors hails from Texas (11), followed by California (8), and New Mexico (6). Several foreign countries are also represented among the graduates—Montenegro, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, and the Czech Republic. The graduates from the Graduate Institute came from as close as Santa Fe and other parts of the Southwest and as far away as Xiangyang, China.
For more information about St. John’s College, please visit http://www.sjca.edu.
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St. John’s College, a co-ed four-year liberal arts college with campuses in Annapolis, Md. and Santa Fe, N.M., offers small discussion-based classes and a distinctive curriculum based on the foundational texts of the Western tradition. All students undertake a unified and multidisciplinary program, reading and discussing classic works of philosophy, literature, theology, history, political science, economics, mathematics, astronomy, physics, biology, and music. In this vibrant learning community, faculty members, known as tutors, do not lecture and are not segregated into departments, but instead learn with and guide their students as they read and discuss these foundational texts in small, seminar-style classes. The college also offers graduate-level programs based on these same principles. St. John’s has no religious affiliation and is the third oldest college in the country.