Franklin & Marshall's Class of 2013 faces challenges in the 21st century that will demand men and women be agents of change for the nation, and the world, to progress, Melanne S. Verveer said during the College's Commencement ceremony May 11.

Verveer, who from 2009 to 2012 served as the United States' first ambassador-at-large for global women's issues, noted in her Commencement address that just in the two decades since F&M's 590 graduating participants were born, immense progress in technology, science and medicine has been made. However, modern society continues to struggle with issues such as gender inequity, violence and depletion of natural resources, she said.

"With all the progress we have made, the toughest challenge remains to transform human behavior," she said. "History also tells us that we must try to reconcile our differences, to create opportunities, to engage in service no matter what profession we pursue, to empower others who are powerless, to be change-makers.

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2013 Commencement Address by Melanne Verveer

Melanne Verveer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues, spoke at the Commencement ceremony for Franklin & Marshall College's Class of 2013.

Commencement Speeches

Melanne Verveer's Commencement Address

Read the remarks of Commencement speaker Melanne Verveer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues.

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President Daniel R. Porterfield's Commencement Remarks

Read the remarks given by Franklin & Marshall President Daniel R. Porterfield at the College's 2013 Commencement ceremony.

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Williamson Medalist Alexis Teevens' Commencement Remarks

Read the Commencement remarks of Alexis Teevens, winner of Williamson Medal, the highest award to a graduating senior at Franklin & Marshall.

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Commencement Citations

Alexis Rae Teevens: 2013 Recipient of the Williamson Medal

Alexis has fully embraced the life of our residential liberal arts college by doing independent research, participating in the College House Junto Society, running cross country and track & field, becoming a leader in the Kappa Delta sorority, playing flute in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and tutoring at the Writing Center. 

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Russell T. O'Connell: 2013 Recipient of the Richard Kneedler Distinguished Service Award

As a core member of the College museum staff, Mr. O'Connell has shown exceptional devotion to students, with whom he has helped conceive, design, construct, and display their art works.  

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Dean Hammer: 2013 Recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching

In his nearly 20 years at F&M, Professor Hammer has had a tremendous impact on the College and, in particular, on the hundreds of students who have had the good fortune to learn from him.

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David McMahan: 2012 Recipient of Bradley R. Dewey Award For Outstanding Scholarship

Professor McMahan's interests and career make him the polar opposite of a narrow specialist, although he is in fact very much a specialist in the Buddhist tradition, and has the language tools of Pali and Sanskrit and an impressive list of publications to prove it.  

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Kathleen Triman: 2013 Recipient of the Socrates Citation

Through her 23-year career at Franklin & Marshall College, Kathleen Triman has represented the ideal of a liberal arts professor.

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Jack Heller: 2013 Recipient of the Socrates Citation

Jack Heller arrived on campus in 1972, and has served as one of the principal architects of some of the most important systems that undergird the functioning of the institution. 

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Faces of 2013

Brittany Guidos '13: Extending a Helping Hand in East Timor

For Brittany Guidos '13, a trip to Guatemala laid the foundation for another international adventure -- one that helped define her undergraduate career.  

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Phil Ehrig '13: Academic, College House Bonds Define F&M Experience

A double major in history and German, Phil Ehrig '13 reflects on his individualized experiences at F&M.    

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Zoe Yellen '13: Found Her Humor at F&M

Some might say college is no laughing matter, but not Zoe Yellen '13. She's laughing all the way to her graduation.  

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Brian Rivera '13: Exploring the Mind and Other Opportunities at F&M

In his studies of perception and cognition at F&M, Brian Rivera '13 said the mind is what he most has questions about.    

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Molly Thompson '13: F&M Helped Her Blaze New Trails

Unlike her sisters who stayed close to home to attend college, Molly Thompson '13 decided to blaze another path, and found what she was looking for at Franklin & Marshall College.  

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