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Dear CC Alumni and Parents,

It was my great pleasure to preside over Colorado College’s 142nd Commencement on Monday. The entire weekend is a time of traditions, congratulations, inspiration, and memories. Commencement marks a time of beginnings as well as a celebration of endings. What a fitting culmination of four years for the Class of 2016, which demonstrated a similar balance: one of discipline and passion.

The weekend’s events began with the words of Professor Idris Goodwin, the student-selected speaker at Baccalaureate, who as a playwright and hip hop artist asked the soon-to-be graduates this quintessentially liberal arts question: Do we have the imagination for who we want to become?

Seeing the graduates stride across the stage to the cheers of family and friends, exuding the confidence of a job well done and the excitement of bright futures, I have to answer Professor Goodwin’s question with an exuberant “yes!” My own remarks reflected on the accomplishments and potential of our students, acknowledging how much this chapter of their lives means to them now, and I hope on into the future.

Commencement speaker Marcia McNutt ’74 shared one secret of success, which focused on having the confidence to know when advice should be heeded and when advice should be discarded. And our honorary degree recipients, financier and philanthropic leader in international education Shelby Davis, internationally renowned artist Senga Nengudi Fittz, and diplomat Peter Natiello ’82, P’16, are wonderful models for our graduates of “doing well and doing good.”

As we say goodbye to the Class of 2016, I know how much we will miss them, even as we are excited for their next chapters. I am grateful to their families for supporting their CC educations!

Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable summer! Summer Session and the Summer Music Festival, as well as preparations for the next academic year, will keep us busy here on campus. I look forward to welcoming all of our new and returning students to campus in the fall!

Best regards,

President Jill Tiefenthaler