As the academic year has come to an end, I write with a brief update. May started with some exciting events. We celebrated the 100th anniversary of our May Day celebration. Our students gathered once again, engaging in one of the more popular traditions on campus. On May 4, the entire community came out to participate in the Glen Park Bridge reopening to be the first to walk across the new structure. The bridge reopening is also a metaphorical one – reminding us of our connection to Aurora and our surrounding communities. I am delighted so many people came out to join us in the celebration.

It is hard to imagine that our students are already home for their summer break. This past Saturday, May 20, we applauded our graduates as they crossed the stage to receive their diplomas, each beautifully hand-printed in our own Book Arts Center. The ceremony included inspiring speeches from Marie Chapman Carroll '75, Chair of our Board of Trustees, Nicola A. Williams '85, a current trustee, and Stacy Mars '23, our student speaker. Despite the threat of rain, we were able to celebrate once again in front of Macmillan Hall. Additional photos from commencement are available here:

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From the video, you will note there was a presentation of the prestigious Wells Medal by Marie Carroll. This award has only been given three times. The recipient was Fiona Morgan Fein '65, a tireless advocate of Wells College since her graduation 58 years ago and a trustee since 2009. She was honored for her unparalleled service over all those years and has now transitioned to a new role as an Honorary Trustee.

We are readying campus for over 300 reunion attendees in just a few days. Best wishes for an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.


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