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May 2, 2006



U.S. Rep. Jane Harman to Speak, Four to Receive Honorary Degrees

Seats for media representatives who have clear identification will be available in the press box adjacent to the stage. Background about the speaker and honorary degree recipients is available at

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Smith College will hold its 128th commencement ceremony, honoring 737 graduating seniors and 50 advanced degree candidates, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, in the Quadrangle at the corner of Paradise Road and Elm Street.

U.S. Representative Jane Lakes Harman, a leading Congressional expert on terrorism and security issues, will deliver the commencement address. Harman, a member of the Smith College class of 1966, is currently serving her fifth term as representative of the Southern California district that is home to the country’s leading defense contractors. She received an honorary degree from Smith in 1994.

Following the speech by Harman, four other accomplished women will be awarded honorary degrees. They are: Jewel Plummer Cobb, scientist and educator, a doctor of science; Paula Deitz, New York literary magazine editor, a doctor of humane letters; Ruth Ozeki, filmmaker and author, a doctor of humane letters; and Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist, a doctor of laws.

Smith’s commencement ceremony is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the college bells will ring at 8:15 and 8:30 a.m., to signal that the event will take place in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.

The following statistics offer a glimpse of the students who make up the Smith College class of 2006:

737 baccalaureate degree recipients

52   students who graduated in January

45   states represented

29   countries represented

62   Ada Comstock Scholars, women of nontraditional age

61 age of oldest Ada scholar

26 age of youngest Ada scholar

132 double majors

33   engineering majors

5     most popular majors: government, art, psychology, economics,

       English language and literature

50 advanced degree recipients

42   master’s degrees

7     diplomas in American studies 

1     certificate of graduate studies                   

Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country


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