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‘Mark the Moment’ gifts lift up the
Class of 2020

To commemorate their milestone, more than 300 graduating seniors received a box to open on May 16. Inside: a special commemorative video with clips submitted by classmates, along with heartfelt messages from President Chodosh, professors, students, deans, and staff. The box also included a champagne flute, Athenaeum cookbook, and other gifts. An in-person commencement will take place when it is healthy and safe for graduates and their families to return to campus.

Laleh Ahmad '20
Building up pomp under difficult circumstances

Senior class president Laleh Ahmad ’20 organized a virtual call with more than 150 of her classmates so the newly minted graduates could share a “moment of community.” After watching their commemorative CMC video, they raised their glasses in toasts of appreciation.

Mohamad Moslimani ’21
CMC praised for expanding student opportunity

The American Talent Initiative has recognized the College’s work as a national leader in building academic success and opportunity among middle- and lower-income students.

Jesse Chang
3D printing saves lives: My Mask Movement

Two months ago, tech entrepreneur Jesse Chang ’08 didn’t know a thing about respirator masks. Now, together with several CMC alumni and student interns, he’s spearheading a movement to send custom-printed face masks to every frontline healthcare worker in America.

Amy Hendrickson
Finding an upside in lockdown

Soll Center staff and students are staying connected during their one-on-one appointments. The Sponsored Internships and Experiences (SIE) program continues to focus on adapting to real-time changes taking place in the professional world.

Owen Dubeck ’19
Policy support for California farmers

Owen Dubeck ’19 and Alejandro Sandell-Gandara ’19 joined California FarmLink to help restore a broken food supply chain. As volunteers, they’re showing farmers how to access the land, financing, and information they need for a sustainable future.

Melia Wong and Romi Ferder
Five Fulbrights, two Barrys, and a Schwarzman

Once again, CMC has produced an impressive roll call of domestic and overseas fellowship and scholarship winners. In a significant first, Romi Ferder ’20 and Melia Wong ’19 are Oxford bound as winners of the new John and Daria Barry Scholarship.

C. Steven McGann '73
Diplomat and global security consultant joins Board of Trustees

After serving as a CMC Alumnus Trustee, Ambassador C. Steven McGann ’73 has joined the Board of Trustees. The former ambassador to Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu now leads the Stevenson Group, an international consulting firm.

John Shrewsberry
Board of Trustees elects Wells Fargo executive

John Shrewsberry ’87 P’24, senior executive vice president and CFO of Wells Fargo & Company, has joined Claremont McKenna’s Board of Trustees. The seasoned financial services veteran has a 26-year history in banking and investing.

Allie Gould
CMC adopts one-year test-optional policy

With large-group testing impeded by the pandemic, CMC will not require first-year students applying for fall 2021 admission to submit standardized test scores. Holistic review of each applicant assures a thorough and fair assessment independent of SAT or ACT results.

Daniel Park '20 earns leadership award

Daniel Park '20 was the 2019-20 national recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award, endowed by Billie Jean King, for his role on and off the court as a four-year member and two-year captain of the CMS men’s tennis program.

No Place Like CMC
There’s no place like CMC

Until we can be together again, we want to send a piece of the College to you. From now until June 30, when you make your gift, share your favorite spot on campus and we’ll email a photo to you. Join us by making your gift today. Because, there’s no place like Claremont McKenna College.


CMC In The News
LA Times
Los Angeles Times

CMC was featured in a story about how colleges may look when they reopen to students – from teaching classes outdoors to offering food to go. “These strategies may not work. They may not be feasible,” President Hiram Chodosh cautioned. “But we need to exhaust the path before we get to that particular dead end.”

Fox 11 News
Fox 11 News

Sharon Basso, vice president of student affairs, was interviewed in Fox 11’s series “New California,” which highlights a different industry and how it's changing in the midst of COVID-19. Basso spoke about how college campuses are planning alterations due to COVID-19.

Associated Press
Associated Press

President Hiram Chodosh was interviewed about challenges colleges and universities are facing in the uncertain times of COVID-19.

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