Commencement 2001

The national weather service predicted drizzle, fog, and temperatures in the fifties, yet the day was glorious. The sun was shining, the sky was bright blue, the many flowering bushes and trees on campus were in full bloom, and the temperature was in the mid-seventies. Perfect weather for the fifty-seven PMC graduates and the more than 500 family members, friends, faculty members, and alumnae who gathered on the front lawn for the 89th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 20.

The Brass Ensemble sounded a festive note as administration, faculty, and graduates processed onto the lawn for the awarding of degrees. Fifty-two women received Bachelor's degrees, including thirteen in Business Administration, nine in Biology, seven in Communication, six in Education/Psychology, five in English, four in Psychology, two in Social and Political Systems, and five in Visual Arts.. One graduate received an M.Ed. in Elementary Education, and four received Associate's degrees, including one each in Business Administration, Child Care, Liberal Arts, and Visual Arts.

PMC also honored three distinguished women for their contributions to the greater Boston community and conferred honorary doctorates on them. The three honorees were Vicki Donlan '71, founder and publisher of Women's Business; Sandra L. Fenwick, COO of Boston's Children's Hospital; and Martella (Marti) Wilson-Taylor, president and CEO of the YWCA-Boston. Remarks were delivered by the three honorees and by Michelle Buonapane '01, president of the Student Government Association, and Laura Stuart '01, president of the senior class.

The ceremony also commemorated the 90th anniversary of the founding of the College in 1911 by Helen Temple Cooke, when 28 students requested an additional year of post graduation studies at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley.

In welcoming the assembled graduates and their families and friends, President Gloria Nemerowicz said, "Today's ceremonies are celebratory in nature and mark an end as ell as a beginning. You have spent four years here in intense study and preparation, and now, as you graduate, you enter a world that needs your skills and abilities, your inclusive approach to leadership, and you commitment to social responsibility.

"At the same time," President Nemerowicz continued, "we also commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of Pine Manor College. This gives us and opportunity to pause and reflect on how fortunate we all are to be part of an institution that has distinguished itself by successfully adapting to the needs of women on and ongoing basis, and has, in fact, made this the cornerstone of its mission. The inspiration of our founder and the contributions of our alumnae have made this possible, and also help us shape a vision for the future."