At Sunday’s 139th Commencement, global media leader Oprah Winfrey urged Smith graduates to live with intention, and to seek fulfillment by “shifting the paradigm to service.” The "understanding that there is an alignment between who you are and what you do is the real, true empowerment,” Winfrey said, in a speech that was received with moments of both pin-drop quiet and raucous applause from the audience.
Excitement is building about Smith’s 139th Commencement next week when global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress Oprah Winfrey will deliver the Commencement Address. Winfrey will receive an honorary degree at the graduation ceremony Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the Quadrangle, along with four other exceptional women leaders. One senior, Nonkululeko (Morgan) Mpungose ’17, feels a particular thrill about Winfrey’s presence at graduation.
Achieving gender equity in sports does not mean simply increasing the number of women athletes; it also requires raising awareness of how sports can help empower women and girls around the globe. That was the message delivered by panelists at a May 16 discussion, “The International Women’s Sports Movement: Frontiers of the Next Decade," held in honor of Christine Shelton, who is retiring as professor of exercise and sport studies.
An iconic view of the Smith campus is about to get even better. Renovations under way at the Crew House dance studio on the banks of Paradise Pond will open up the vista and make the building accessible to all. An open house will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.