Class of 2011 By the Numbers
Members of the graduating class lined up on Biddle Field to showcase their '11 class year.
Every class that graduates from Dickinson is distinctive, and the class of 2011 is no exception. While this class did not receive a souvenir Dining Hall tray with their diploma, each graduate did get a letter from Gen. David Petraeus. The commander of International Security Assistance Forces and United States Forces in Afghanistan had been the scheduled Commencement speaker, but just days after accepting the invitation to speak, President Barack Obama asked him to take command in Afghanistan.
Because of the demands of Petraeus’ new role, Allan E. Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute of International Education and who was scheduled to receive an honorary doctorate, replaced him as speaker. Other honorees included Harriet M. Fulbright, president of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, and James DePreist, director of conducting and orchestral studies at The Juilliard School and laureate music director of the Oregon Symphony.
Key trends and stats
The class of 2011 comprised 575 graduates, including 34 who completed their degree requirements last summer and in February. A bachelor of arts degrees was awarded to 82 percent of the graduates while 18 percent received a bachelor of science degree.
The class ratio was 53 percent women and 47 percent men.
Eighty-one percent of the students who entered Dickinson as first-years in fall 2007 graduated within four years—the highest four-year graduation rate on record (since 1974).
Latin honors went to 32 percent of the class: 5 percent summa cum laude, 13 percent magna cum laude and 14 percent cum laude.
Fifty-four graduates were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
The college graduated 21 Posse Foundation Scholars this year including classes from New York City and Los Angeles.
Fourteen percent of the graduating class are students of color (excluding international students): 20 African Americans, 24 Asian Americans, 29 Hispanic Americans, nine multiethnic and one American Indian/Alaska Native.
The Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Award for Inspirational Teaching was awarded to Russell Bova, professor of political science. The award is given annually to a faculty member elected by the senior class through secret balloting. Amy L. Wlodarski, assistant professor of music, received the Distinguished Teaching Award, which is determined by faculty voting and then approved by the college’s president. The award recognizes outstanding teaching and is the highest honor given to a Dickinson faculty member.
The James Fowler Rusling Prize, which recognizes excellent scholarly achievement, was awarded to Thanh To, a mathematics and economics double major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She has been accepted to Clemson University, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics with a concentration in operations research.
Erica Hartz, a chemistry major from Pittsburgh, received the John Patton Prize for High Scholastic Standing. She will pursue a graduate degree in theoretical chemistry at Northwestern University.
Darcy Phillips and Juan Carlos Flores received 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. Phillips is a political science major from Ottawa Hills, Ohio. This summer, she will work at a camp in Maine as a waterfront director. Following that, she will settle in Washington, D.C. Juan Carlos Flores, a double major in law & policy and political science from Chatsworth, Calif., has been accepted by Teach for America to teach grades 4-6 in Houston, for two years.
Departmental honors went to 57 students: Africana studies (1), American studies (2), biochemistry & molecular biology (1), biology (2), chemistry (1), computer science (3), East Asian studies (2), English (3), environmental studies (2), French (1), history (1), international business & management (5), international studies (6), law & policy (2), mathematics (2), music (1), neuroscience (3), philosophy (2), physics (1), political science (5), psychology (4), Russian (2), self-developed in intellectual history (1), sociology (3) and Spanish (1).
Where are they from?
Members of the class of 2011 reside in 34 states and the District of Columbia, including 24 percent from Pennsylvania, 12 percent from Maryland, 12 percent from New York and 11 percent from New Jersey.
Thirty-eight students are citizens of 20 foreign countries.
Three graduating seniors have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships this year:
- Sarah Brnich, who graduated magna cum laude with a double major in biochemistry & molecular biology and Spanish, was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to Argentina.
- Anum Khan, a Posse Scholar who majored in Middle East studies, received a Fulbright that will take her to Egypt to conduct research on how nongovernmental women’s rights organizations operate in Cairo and how they collaborate with law enforcement in dealing with sexual violence.
- Kathryn McNamara, who graduated summa cum laude with an international-studies major, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to the Republic of Indonesia.
- Glenda Garcia ’09 also was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship this year. Her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship will send her to the Kingdom of Thailand. She is the third Posse Foundation scholar in recent years to receive a Fulbright.
Nine graduates have accepted positions with Teach for America:
- Airlia Choyce, a double major in sociology and Spanish, will teach Spanish to students in grades 6-12 in Philadelphia.
- Tyler Derreth, who graduated cum laude with an English major, will teach in Baltimore.
- Juan Carlos Flores, a double major in law & policy and political science, will teach grades 4-6 in Houston.
- Ashley Flynn, who graduated magna cum laude with a psychology major, will teach secondary-school mathematics in Baltimore.
- Kathryn Luceno, who graduated cum laude with a history major, will teach in Colorado.
- Henry McCorkle, an English major, will teach in Memphis, Tenn.
- Rachel Warzala, who graduated magna cum laude with a double major in English and political science, will teach English in Newark, N.J.
- Stephen Williams, a political-science major, will teach secondary-school mathematics in Philadelphia.
- Caitlin Yaeger, who graduated magna cum laude with a double major in policy management and political science, will teach secondary-school mathematics in Memphis.
Two graduates have accepted positions with City Year Boston, a member of the AmeriCorps national-service network that offers Americans of all ages the opportunity to devote a year to community-based service in areas of education, health and human needs, public safety, disaster preparedness and the environment. City Year corps members serve as full-time tutors and mentors, run afterschool programs, lead and develop youth leadership programs and vacation camps to make a difference in the lives of children and their communities:
- Chelsea Allen of Dorset, Vt., who graduated with a women’s & gender studies major.
- Ursala Neuwirth of Colgate, Wis., who graduated magna cum laude with a Spanish major.
Six members of the class of 2011 will receive their commission into the United States Army as second lieutenants:
- Peter Hamill, a psychology major, will be assigned active duty and Branched Military Intelligence with initial duty in Hawaii.
- Kevin Johnston, a history major, will be assigned active duty and Branched Transportation with initial duty at Fort Hood, Texas.
- Daniel Krizan, a mathematics major, will be assigned active duty and Branched Infantry with initial duty at Fort Drum, N.Y.
- Benjamin Lyman, who graduated magna cum laude with a history major, will be assigned active duty and Branched Military Intelligence with training in field artillery and initial duty at Fort Sill, Okla. Lyman has been awarded high honors as a distinguished military graduate—awarded to only the top 10 percent of all ROTC graduates.
- Nicole Myers, who graduated cum laude with a biology major, will be assigned active duty and Branched Ordnance with initial duty at Fort Irwin, Calif.
- Jonathan Swedborg, a political science major, will be assigned active duty and Branched Infantry with initial duty at Fort Drum, N.Y.
What they studied
Eighty-two percent graduated with one major, and 18 percent were double majors, while 29 percent of the class graduated with a declared minor.
Forty-five percent majored in an “interdisciplinary” field, the highest proportion on record (going back to 1999). The fields include: 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; policy management; and women’s & gender studies.
Thirty-six percent majored in an “international” area such as foreign languages, international studies, international business & management or area studies.
The most popular majors with this graduating class were international business & management, political science, economics, psychology, biology and international studies (tie), English , history, American studies and French. The most popular minors for this graduating class were Spanish, economics, French, history and political science (tie), art & art history, creative writing, film studies, education and chemistry.
This is the third year that the health-studies certificate was awarded, and 10 graduates successfully completed the health-studies certificate requirements. The security-studies certificate was awarded for the first time in 2011 with seven graduates successfully completing the requirements.
Where they studied
Of this graduating class, 57 percent studied off campus at some point during their undergraduate years—either abroad or on a domestic-exchange program. Fifty-three percent studied abroad either in a January globally integrated program, a summer, semester-long or full-year program. These students studied in 29 countries on six continents including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, the Turks & Caicos Islands and the United Kingdom.
- Forty-four percent of men and 60 percent of women studied abroad.
- Forty-nine percent of students of color studied abroad.
- Thirty-two percent of students majoring in the sciences studied abroad.
- Five percent of students participated in off-campus study programs in the United States, such as The Washington Center.
For more information about the class of 2011’s post-graduation plans, visit Life Beyond the Limestone.