Meredith to Hold Commencement May 6

The moment Meredith College seniors – and their families – have been waiting for will arrive on Sunday, May 6, 2012, when the College holds commencement exercises in McIver Amphitheater.

Alumna Silda Wall Spitzer, ’80, will deliver the 2012 commencement address. Spitzer, former First Lady of the State of New York, is principal at NewWorld Capital Group, which she joined in January 2012. Prior to this position, she was a managing director at Metropolitan Capital Advisors, where she led strategic and business development. Spitzer is founder of Children for Children, a not-for-profit organization that fosters community involvement and social responsibility in young people. Spitzer earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and history from Meredith and holds a law degree from Harvard Law School.

This will be the first commencement for President Jo Allen, ’80, since she returned to lead her alma mater. Another new aspect of commencement will be the maroon caps and gowns worn by the Class of 2012.

“Meredith undergraduates have chosen to distinguish themselves from area college graduates and visually express their pride in Meredith’s rich heritage and lasting legacy,” said President Allen.

Commencement weekend will include many traditions, the most notable of which is Class Day. This event, held in McIver Amphitheater at 4 p.m. on the day before commencement, is an opportunity for sophomores to honor their senior big sisters, and the seniors to highlight their College years.

Class historians recall and depict key events of the graduating class’ four years at Meredith. The sophomore and alumnae sister classes sing traditional songs to the seniors. At the conclusion of Class Day, the daisy chains prepared by the sophomore class are used to form the class numerals of the graduating class. The seniors then go onto the island, form a circle, and celebrate with their classmates.

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