180th Commencement


615 degrees
595 graduates

Lafayette granted 615 degrees to 595 graduates and honorary doctorates to three distinguished leaders, including Erik Weihenmayer, renowned adventurer and author who spoke on May 23.

“What if adversity weren’t the enemy, but the pathway, the pathway to change?” asked Weihenmayer. “The light within you is stronger than the barriers in your way…Commit to nurturing that light.” Also receiving honorary degrees were Karl Stirner, internationally known sculptor and pioneer of the arts community in Easton, and Miles Young, worldwide chairman and chief executive of Ogilvy & Mather and president of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America.

Honorary doctorates to
distinguished leaders

Pepper Prize winner Cory Spera ’15 said in his farewell remarks: “We will all be going our separate ways, but my hope is that we do not lose touch with all of the amazing relationships we have created over the past four years…and that we can continue to live connected as a community.”

The senior class gift, which will provide internship stipends, was presented by Jake Dunsmore ’15, Aidan Guilfoyle ’15, Saahil Nandrajog ’15, and Abby Williams ’15.

Pepper Prize winner
 Cory Spera ’15

The students who achieved the highest cumulative grade-point average were Li Guo ’15, of Wuhan, China, and Heather Hughes ’15, of Rocky Mount, N.C.

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