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Commencement 2010

Smith's 132nd commencement ceremony was held May 16 with political commentator Rachel Maddow as speaker. For the 733 graduates, the day offered moments like no other. As Maddow noted, "Thank you for already having done the hard work that got you here, and please enjoy this moment. Be proud of yourself. We're all so very, very proud of you."

Green College

Smith was one of 286 American colleges and universities selected for a top rating and highlighted in The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges for demonstrating a "notable commitment to sustainability."

New Poetry Concentration

A new course of study designed to allow students to pursue work on and about poetry through a range of experiences and courses has been added to Smith's academic concentration offerings, giving students more flexibility than is possible within an academic minor. Visit for more information.

NIH Grants

Adam Hall and Christine White-Zeigler, both associate professors in biological sciences, are recent recipients of $300,000 AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grants are given in support of research projects in biomedical and behavioral sciences that incorporate student collaboration at undergraduate and master's degree levels. Both faculty members will employ several students, through special studies and the STRIDE program, who fund their travel expenses to present their research at microbiology and anesthesiology events.

Summer Reading

Co-authored by award-winning writers Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide makes the case that women are the world's most effective change agents. As part of orientation, students entering Smith in the fall of 2010 will discuss the book in small groups led by a faculty or staff member.


Smith's new home page is designed to be as dynamic as Smith itself. New features include a changing series of large images that reinforce the strengths of Smith and invite the visitor to learn more; prominent links to social-networking tools; a video feature; and frequently updated news. The redesign was based on a strategic positioning and messaging platform developed to attract the best students to Smith, connect alumnae to the college, and inspire alumnae and friends to invest in Smith's future.

International Appeal

Twenty-nine percent of 4,015 applicants to the Smith College class of 2014—the largest pool in Smith's history—were students with citizenship outside the United States, with China the most-represented country.

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