Graduates at a Glance

Class of 2014 by the numbers

by Christine Baksi; infographic by Sarah Sheriff 

At the conclusion of the May 18 Commencement ceremony, graduates were asked to describe the class of 2014. “Passionate, excited and ready to go,” said Margot Cardamone ’14. “We have such a diverse variety of interests and talents and abilities,” added Peter Shapiro ’14. “Everyone is excited to realize their full potential.”

With the class eager to maximize their global footprint and minimize their carbon footprint, here’s a snapshot of notable facts about Dickinson’s newest crop of alumni.

Highlights 

Class of 2014 Infographic


Class composition

The class is composed of 583 graduates, including 24 who completed their degree requirements last summer and in February. Seventy-five percent of the class earned bachelor of arts degrees and 25 percent earned bachelor of science degrees. Thirty-two percent graduated with Latin honors.

Fifty-eight graduates were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Departmental honors were awarded to 43 students.

The class ratio was 55 percent women and 45 percent men.

Fourteen percent of the class is composed of students of color (not including international students): 31 Hispanic Americans, 22 African Americans, 15 Asian Americans, 14 multiethnic and one Native American or Alaskan Native.

Points of Origin

Members of the class came from 29 states and the District of Columbia, including 20 percent from Pennsylvania, 13 percent from New Jersey, 12 percent from Maryland and 10 percent from New York.

Forty-five students are citizens from 25 foreign countries.

Majors and minors

Eighty-three percent of seniors graduated with one major, while 17 percent were double majors and two seniors graduated with triple majors.

The most popular majors were international business & management (IB&M); political science; biology, psychology; English; economics; international studies; history and mathematics (tied); and environmental science.

The most popular minors were economics; Spanish; creative writing; art & art history; East Asian studies; biology and French (tied); and Arabic, English, film studies and history (tied).

Thirty-one percent of the class graduated with a declared minor.

Study-abroad and global engagement

Fifty-five percent of the graduating class studied abroad during their undergraduate years, including 44 percent of students majoring in the sciences.

Sixty-four percent of women and 44 percent of men studied abroad.

Four percent of students participated in off-campus study programs such as The Washington Center.

Forty-four percent of graduates majored in an interdisciplinary field, and 29 percent majored in an international field such as foreign languages, international studies, IB&M or area studies.

Twelve graduates successfully completed the health-studies certificate requirements, 17 successfully completed the security-studies certificate requirements and two graduates successfully completed the requirements for the new Army ROTC Global Preparedness certificate.

Fulbright scholarships

Five graduating seniors and one alumna were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship:

Martin de Bourmont, who graduated summa cum laude with a major in political science, has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Mongolia.

Kendra Haven, who graduated cum laude with a major in international studies, has received a Fulbright ETA to South Africa.

Peter Hechler, who graduated cum laude with a double major in German and philosophy, received a Fulbright ETA to Germany.

Chase Philpot, who graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Middle East studies and Russian, received a Fulbright ETA to Bulgaria.

Benjamin West, who graduated cum laude with a double major in archaeology and Latin American, Latino & Caribbean studies, has received a Fulbright ETA to Brazil.

Alumna Melissa Reif ’13 earned a Fulbright ETA to Brazil.

Teach for America

Two graduates have accepted positions with Teach for America:

Margot Cardamone graduated with a double major in history and Italian studies and will be working as an elementary school teacher in Charlotte, N.C.

Alexander Toole graduated magna cum laude with a double major in French and political science and will be working as an elementary school teacher in a low-income community of Baltimore.

Commissioned U.S. Army officers

Ten members of the class of 2014 received their commission into the U.S. Army as 2nd lieutenants:

Brady Bialek graduated with a major in East Asian studies. He will be assigned to the U.S. Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer.

Kenneth Canali graduated cum laude with a major in religion. He will be assigned to the U.S. Army as an ordinance officer in Alaska.

Bradley Connard graduated with a double major in history and political science. He will be assigned to the U.S. Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer.

Scott Cowman graduated with a major in political science. He will be assigned to the U.S. Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer.

Sydney Crutchfield graduated with a major in religion. She will be assigned to the U.S. Army Reserves as a transportation officer.

David Golonka graduated with a major in anthropology. He will be assigned to the U.S. Army Reserves as a transportation officer.

Weston Hayes graduated with a major in history. He will be assigned to the U.S. Army Reserves as a transportation officer.

Travis Mable graduated with a degree in Middle East studies. He will be assigned to the U.S Army as an infantry officer.

Jordan Peters graduated with a major in political science. He will be assigned to the U.S. Army as an armor officer.

Colin Rodgers graduated with a major in policy management. He will be assigned to the U.S. Army as an infantry officer at Fort Drum, N.Y.

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Published May. 21, 2014