2015 Commencement Weekend in Fine Form


The 2015 Saint Mary’s Commencement Weekend—which celebrated 719 seniors and 599 graduate and professional studies students—highlighted academic accomplishments and the strength of the school community. Photos, videos, stories, social media, and more.



The cultural graduations—Lavender (LGBTQIA), APA (Asian Pacific American), Black, and Latino—kicked off the Commencement celebrations leading up to the big weekend. Last Friday, students gathered with their families for the Latino Graduate Celebration in the Chapel.

SEBA Alumna Brings Human Touch to Investing

GeeSEBA alumna Shirley Gee ’80, EMBA ’09 and managing partner of Angel Plus, runs one of the most thorough due diligence reviews in Silicon Valley and brings a human touch to angel investing. Find out why she views investing as the rising tide that can lift emerging economies into the middle class.

Rush to Commencement


The Commencement Office is humming, packed with diplomas, awards, caps and gowns, and Gatorade for the 719 seniors and 599 graduate and professional students. Everything is rocketing into place in time for the pomp and circumstance weekend May 23-24.

Provost Addresses Faculty

bethBethami Dobkin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, addressed faculty at the end-of-the-year dinner May 15 with an update on the College's academic progress.

Matthew Dellavedova '13 Shines in NBA Playoffs

dellyFormer Gaels guard Matthew Dellavedova '13 became widely known to NBA fans after helping the Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 94-73 win over the Chicago Bulls last week. The Cavaliers play Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Faculty Award-Winner: Makiko Imamura

makikoCommunication Professor Makiko Imamura, who received the Early Career Award from the Saint Mary's Committee on Teaching and Scholarship, said her interest in communication began after a study abroad experience in Canada at age 14. “Living with a foreign family for four weeks and not being able to communicate well, that’s when I got really interested in language,” she said.

SMC Athletics Contracts with Under Armour

under amourLast week, Saint Mary’s announced a multiyear alliance with athletic sportswear company Under Armour as the official outfitter for the Gaels’ Division 1 program. Under Armour will exclusively design and supply the footwear, apparel, and equipment for training and game day uniforms for all 17 D1 teams.



The Saint Mary’s community gathered May 6 in Dryden Hall to honor Steve Woolpert’s service to the College as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts. Woolpert is stepping down and will remain an SMC professor. Sheila Hassell Hughes begins as the new dean on July 6.

New Director of Meetings and Events

jessica parkJessica Park has been hired as the Director of Meetings, Events, and Conference Services, effective May 28. Park comes to Saint Mary's from NorthWest Arkansas Community College, where she worked as Special Events Manager.

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