Solstice MFA Celebrates Fourth Commencement

The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College celebrated its fourth commencement on Saturday, January 9, 2010, in the Founder’s Room on the PMC campus. Five students ranging in age from 33 to 55 and representing Dakar, Senegal, and three states —Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maine — received their diplomas: young adult writer Krystal Oh; poet Melissa Varnavas; creative nonfiction writer Faye Rapoport DesPres, and fiction writers Laura Snyder and Karima Grant.

The groundbreaking children’s writer Louise Meriwether acted as commencement speaker, emphasizing the power of the pen to effect social change and highlighting her own experience as an African-American writer born during the Depression. Class speaker Karima Grant offered some words of encouragement and praise to current students and fellow graduates, while Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Nia Lane Chester toasted the achievements of the program and its students. A reception followed in the Moncrief Room, where more than 75 guests mingled in honor of the graduates.

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and writing for children & young adults. The application deadline for our summer residency/fall 2010 semester is April 26. For more information, visit or call (617) 731-7684.