The Class of 2013 by the Numbers
by Christine Baksi
In his final
Commencement address as president of Dickinson College, William G. Durden '71
advised the class of 2013 to "go forth and engage the world; reach beyond
yourself; and appreciate and listen carefully to the perspectives of others."
Durden closed his remarks by sharing, "I will always be a Dickinsonian and an
alumnus of this institution just like each of you. I hope that you will
treasure this distinction as much as I do."
Reflecting on those words,
outgoing Student Senate president Andrew Chesley '13 said, "We will remember
our president fondly and we'll remind fellow alumni that we were the last
group to shake his hand after descending the Old West steps."
snapshot of notable facts about the most recent class to descend those
historic limestone steps and embark on their future.
2013 graduates are entering the fields of environmental science, finance, education, the arts, international business, peace advocacy and more. Employers include:
- The Associated Press
- J.P. Morgan
- BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking
- National Public Radio
- Deutsche Bank
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Yale University
- Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
- Cambridge Associates
- Council on International Educational Exchange
- Nordic Food Lab
- Wells Fargo
- Conde Nast/WIRED
- and the New York City Department of Education
The class comprises 526 graduates, including 36 who
completed their degree requirements last summer and in February. Seventy-nine
percent were awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree while 21 percent were awarded
the Bachelor of Science degree.
Latin honors were awarded to 33 percent
of the class: 4 percent summa cum laude, 11 percent magna cum laude and 19
percent cum laude.
Fifty-two graduates were inducted into Dickinson's top-ranked
Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
The class ratio was 58 percent women and 42
Twelve percent of the graduating class is students of color
(excluding international students): 17 African Americans, 14 Asian Americans,
27 Hispanic Americans, four multiethnics and one Native Hawaiian or Pacific
Point of origin
Members of the class
reside in 31 states and the District of Columbia, including 21 percent from
Pennsylvania, 13 percent from New Jersey, 11 percent from New York and 10
percent from Maryland. Thirty-six students are citizens from 21 foreign
Majors and minors
The most popular
majors were international business & management, biology, foreign languages
(French, German, Russian and Spanish), political science, psychology,
economics, English, international studies, history, American studies and art
& art history.
The most popular minors were economics, Spanish,
creative writing, French, art & art history, political science,
mathematics, anthropology, English, education, history and religion.
Forty-six percent majored in an interdisciplinary field such as Africana
studies, American studies, archaeology, biochemistry & molecular biology,
classical studies, East Asian studies, environmental science, environmental
studies, international studies, international business & management,
Italian studies, Judaic studies, Latin American, Latino & Caribbean
studies, law & policy, medieval & early modern studies, Middle East
studies, neuroscience, policy management or women's & gender studies.
Sixteen graduates successfully completed the health-studies certificate
requirements, and 10 graduates successfully completed the security-studies
Study abroad and global
Fifty-six percent of the class studied abroad,
including 71 percent of women, 35 percent of men, 51 percent of students of
color, and 51 percent of students majoring in the sciences. These students
studied in 25 countries on six continents, including: Argentina, Australia,
Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Cost Rica, Denmark, France, Germany,
Greece, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Russia, South
Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Turks and Caicos and the U.K.
Four percent of
students participated in an off-campus study program in the U.S., such as The
From the White House to Wall Street, medical centers to museums, dance and theatre companies to film studios, members of the class of 2013 gained firsthand experiences at internship sites around the world, such as:
- 20th Century Fox, New York, N.Y.
- Anthropologie, White Plains, N.Y.
- Berenberg Bank, Hamburg, Germany
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, Md.
- Committee on Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
- Condé Nast, New York, N.Y.
- Credit Suisse, Miami, Fl.
- IMG (International Management Group), New York, N.Y.
- Merrill Lynch, New York, N.Y.
- National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Md.
- Penguin U.S.A., New York, N.Y.
- Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Playworks, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Rockefeller Research Laboratories, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, N.Y.
- Seventeen Magazine, New York, N.Y.
- Sotheby’s Inc., New York, N.Y.
- The American Museum of Natural History, New York, N.Y.
- The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
- U.S. Army War College / PKSOI, Carlisle, Pa.
- UBS Financial Services, Irvine, Calif.
members of the class were named Baird
Sustainability Fellows, a new collegewide honors program that was piloted
in the 2012-13 academic year. Named for Spencer Fullerton Baird, a prominent
naturalist of the 19th century, driving force behind the creation of the
Smithsonian Institution's National Museum, and Dickinson alumnus and professor,
the honor is awarded to graduating who have advanced sustainability goals on
or beyond the Dickinson campus through excellence in scholarship and
Three seniors have been
awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.
Lewek, who graduated cum laude with majors in German and international
studies, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to
Oldach, who graduated summa cum laude with majors in chemistry and
biochemistry & molecular biology, has been awarded a Fulbright Research
Scholarship to India.
Socci, who graduated summa cum laude with a major in English, has been
awarded an ETA to South Korea.
Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Award for Inspirational Teaching was awarded
to J. Mark Ruhl, professor of political science. The award is presented
annually to a faculty member chosen by the senior class through secret
Chuck Barone, professor of economics, received the
Distinguished Teaching Award, which is determined by faculty vote and then
approved by the college president. The award recognizes outstanding teaching
and is the highest honor given to a Dickinson faculty member.
Student awards & prizes
The James Fowler Rusling
Prize, which recognizes excellent scholarly achievement, was awarded to
Rebecca Thompson, a chemistry and mathematics double major from Baldwin, Md.
Thompson has accepted a position in the Penn Residency Master's in Teaching
Program. She will be working as a chemistry teaching fellow at St. Paul's
School in New Hampshire while earning her master's in education from the
University of Pennsylvania.
The John Patton Prize for High Scholastic
Standing was awarded to Christina
Socci, an English major and French minor from Pine Brook, N.J. Socci has
received a Fulbright ETA to South Korea.
Andrew Chesley and Giovania
Tiarachristie received the Hufstader Senior Prizes, which are awarded annually
to the senior man and senior woman who, in the judgment of the president of
the college, have made the greatest contributions to the good of Dickinson
during their undergraduate years. Chesley, from Winnetka, Ill., served as
president of Student Senate and majored in economics and mathematics. He will
pursue his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School. Tiarachristie, from
Pittsburgh, majored in sociology. She co-founded the Dickinson Idea
Fund, a student-run incubator and revolving loan program that gives
students resources they need to solve community problems. She also was named a
2013 Baird Fellow. A two-time recipient of the Udall Scholarship,
Tiarachristie has received a 2013
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which will support her
graduate work at Pratt Institute as she pursues her master's in city and
Amanda Jo Wildey, from Boonton, N.J., graduated cum
laude with a triple major in anthropology; Latin American, Latino &
Caribbean studies; and Spanish. She has won a Rotary International Global
Grant, which supports international activities with sustainable, measureable
Alexandra Agiliga, from Abingdon, Md., graduated with a double
major in Africana studies and psychology and has accepted a yearlong position
with City Year Miami, a member of the AmericCorps national service network.
She will work with students who are struggling academically; provide support
during and after school; and engage in community and school improvements.
Two graduates are joining the Peace
Joshua Davis, from Milford, Pa., graduated cum laude with a double
major in French and international studies. He will work in either the
education, health or community and young development sector.
Kaye, from Santiago, Chile, graduated with a double major in anthropology and
Latin American, Latino & Caribbean studies. She will work as a water and
sanitation engineer to improve water quality in a small community in Peru.
Teach for America
Two graduates have accepted
positions with Teach for America:
Helen Hopper, from Indianapolis,
graduated cum laude with a major in English. She will teach in Baltimore.
Elizabeth Key, from Norfolk, Mass., graduated with a double major in
archaeology and art & art history. She will teach a kindergarten through
second-grade class in Chicago.
For more information about the class
of 2013's post-graduation plans, visit Life
Beyond the Limestone.