• Chirlane McCray '76 presents Brooke Bryant '03 with a proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio declaring November 14, 2015 "New York Wellesley Club Day."

    New York Wellesley Club Celebrates 125th Anniversary

    Monday, November 16, 2015

    On Saturday, November 14, the New York Wellesley Club marked its 125th year with a celebration that brought together more than 400 alumnae.

  • President Bottomly takes a "selfie" with trick or treating students

    Trick or Treat at the President’s House

    Friday, October 30, 2015

    On October 29, hundreds of Wellesley students took a break from their studies to enjoy candy and spooky festivities with President Kim Bottomly.

  • Image of Professor Salem Mekuria with her lecture title overlaid, "The Passion to Create and the Urge to Share."

    Fall 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    Filmmaker, artist, and professor Salem Mekuria delivers the Fall 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture, "The Passion to Create and the Urge to Share."

  • An aerial shot of the Wellesley College campus in the fall

    The Campaign for Wellesley Launches Today

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    Wellesley announces the launch of a $500 million campaign designed to celebrate, strengthen and advance the Wellesley Effect.

  • Wellesley Honors Three Professors with Pinanski Prize

    Wellesley Honors Three Professors with Pinanski Teaching Prize

    Monday, June 1, 2015

    Wellesley professors Barbara Beltz, Philip Kohl, and Winifred Wood were honored with the Pinanski Teaching Prize during Commencement exercises on Friday. The Pinanski Prize celebrates extraordinary teaching in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

  • H. Kim Bottomly

    President Bottomly to Step Down in July of 2016

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Wellesley President Kim Bottomly announces her decision to step down in July of 2016: "I will forever cherish my time at Wellesley and will always remain a proud member of this community that has come to mean so much to me."

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Announced as 2015 Wellesley College Commencement Speaker

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Award-winning novelist Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will address the Class of 2015 at Wellesley’s 137th Commencement exercises on May 29.

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    President H. Kim Bottomly Elected to the National Academy of Inventors

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    President H. Kim Bottomly has been named a Fellow by The National Academy of Inventors. She was officially inducted as a member of the 2014 Fellows class in March.

  • Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

    Wellesley Welcomes Rabbi Berkman

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    President H. Kim Bottomly announced the appointment of Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman as the new Rabbi and Director of Wellesley College Hillel, beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year.

  • President Obama with girls at the 2015 White House Science Fair

    Wellesley Joins White House-Announced “Let Everyone Dream” STEM Coalition

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    President Obama, shown here with White House Science Fair participants “the elementary-school Supergirls,” announced $240M in new commitments to STEM education, which include commitments by Wellesley College.

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    Reaffirmation of Mission and Announcing Gender Policy

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    As the world confronts unprecedented change, Wellesley College, and our role in educating women, has never been more important. Late yesterday afternoon, the Wellesley College Board of Trustees voted to reaffirm Wellesley’s mission and clarify our admission policy.

  • A Wellesley student demonstrates a science-based activity as young girls look on.

    Wellesley Science Club for Girls Science Fair

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Wellesley students share their love of science with elementary and middle school students from the Boston area, and introduced them to careers in STEM fields, through the Wellesley Science Club for Girls.

  • Albright Fellows work together on their first assignment

    Meet the 2015 Albright Fellows

    Monday, January 12, 2015

    Students from eight nations and 25 majors work closely with thought leaders from many fields in an intensive program tackling world issues, joined by former Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright '59. A closing event featuring these diplomats is open to the public.

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    Season's Greetings from Wellesley College

    Friday, December 19, 2014

    Wellesley is with you. (Even if not sitting on your desk.) Happy new year!

  • cartoon showing woman at laptop surrounded by supportive women

    A Thanksgiving Treat: Wellesley Magazine Fall 2014 Issue

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Time for a little unassigned reading? We have a recommendation for you! The Fall 2014 Wellesley magazine from the Alumnae Association is now available to read online. Happy reading and happy Thanksgiving!

  • President Bottomly's Letter to the New York Times Magazine

    Friday, October 31, 2014

    The New York Times Magazine published a letter by Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly about approaching the topics of gender fluidity and the transgender experience at Wellesley.

  • Gov. Patrick and Pres. Bottomly walk side by

    Governor and U.S. Rep Visit Wellesley

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly greeted Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Deval Patrick and United States Congressional Representative Joe Kennedy during their campus visit to meet with students.

  • hand holding b&w image of 1970s Flower Sunday in front of full color image of modern flower sunday, both inside Chapel

    Wellesley Celebrates Flower Sunday 2014

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    September 7 was Flower Sunday at Wellesley College, a tradition that dates back to the College's founding.

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    The Academic Year Begins

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    The semester ceremonially opens September 2 at Convocation, with remarks from the president, provost, and student government representatives, followed by Stepsinging. (For those returning to campus from time away, here's what happened "while you were out.")

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    Student Leaders Prepare for Orientation

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    A sense of excitement bubbles up on campus as student leaders and orientation staff return to campus and gear up to greet new students next week and launch a year of community-building, mentoring, and leading across the College.

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    Wellesley Magazine Summer 2014 Issue

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Published four times a year, Wellesley Magazine portrays the lives, interests, and concerns of diverse alumnae around the world. This issue includes highlights from Commencement and Reunion 2014, and a focus on special places.

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    Wellesley Wins NEWMAC Presidents Cup

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    The Presidents Cup is an all-sports award given to the top overall men's and women's programs in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference, determined by a weighted points system based on the order of finish during both regular season and championship play.

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    Read My Pins at Wellesley

    Monday, June 16, 2014

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright '59 gained renown for communicating a little extra through pins that adorned her suits during meetings; whether a dove speaking of peace or a crab of aggravation, she let the tone be known. An exhibition of her pins is at the Davis.

  • Albright shows off blue sneaker from behind podium

    Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame Officially Opened

    Monday, June 9, 2014

    In a memorable moment during Reunion 2014, Madeleine K. Albright ’59—sporting Wellesley Blue sneakers to help deliver her message—introduced the Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame and announced its inaugural class of inductees.

  • joyce, brogan, and arumainayagam listen as citations are read

    Joyce, Brogan, and Arumainayagam Win 2014 Pinanski Prizes

    Monday, June 2, 2014

    The Anna and Samuel Pinanski Teaching Prize is awarded annually to members of the Wellesley College faculty to honor fine teaching. The 2014 winners, revealed at Commencement, are professors of economics, English, and chemistry.

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    Commencement 2014

    Friday, May 30, 2014

    Welcome friends and family—and congratulations graduates! On May 30 Wellesley celebrates the purple Class of 2014, our 136th graduating class. Commencement exercises, with an address from BlackRock founder Sue Wagner '82, begin at 10:30 a.m.

  • Special Tribute to Kathryn Wasserman Davis '28

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    The Wellesley Blue crew team formed a W with their oars on Lake Waban as the campus commemorated the life of beloved alumna Kathryn W. Davis '28.

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    Susan Wagner to Deliver 2014 Commencement Address at Wellesley

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Susan L. Wagner '82, co-founder and director of BlackRock, will address the Class of 2014 and an international audience of their family and friends at Wellesley’s 136th Commencement Exercises on May 30.

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    Wellesley Commemorates College Hall Fire Centennial

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    Until March 17, 1914, Wellesley’s splendid College Hall was the heart and soul of the College, housing students, faculty, staff, classrooms, laboratories, art, and more. We look back on its legacy 100 years later.

  • gathering of Wellesley staff, students, and faculty in Academic Council Room

    Wellesley Explores New Channels for Internal Communications

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Town hall-style meetings, other in-person group meetings, official announcements, and a question-and-answer blog all aim to facilitate communication of important College decisions and developments on campus.

  • President Bottomly listens as student speaks animatedly

    Wall Street Journal Publishes Letter from President Bottomly

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

    In a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal, Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly challenged an op-ed about the response to the Sleepwalker sculpture installation at Wellesley and voiced admiration for Wellesley students who spoke out.

  • Obama on campaign trail with "College Affordability" sign behind him

    Wellesley Answers Obama’s Call to Expand Higher Ed Opportunities

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    Wellesley College's plans are spelled out in the White House report "Commitments to Action on College Opportunity," focusing on outreach as well as new and expanded programs to attract students to STEM fields, and to offer support and mentoring.

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    Best of 2013 Lists Include Wellesley

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    From Buzzfeed to Barbara Walters, Wellesley was seen making the “Best of 2013” lists as alumnae, exhibits, centers, and the ever-beautiful campus were noticed by the outside world.

  • wellesley rowers stand in their shell on the Charles river, boston skyline in the background

    A Look Back at 2013 Highlights

    Friday, December 20, 2013

    At the end of the year we take a moment to look back at the Daily Shots and stories from 2013.

  • 3 photos - Louise McCleary, Bridget Belgiovine, Kim Bottomly

    Women from Wellesley Help Lead NCAA/NEWMAC Symposium

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Wellesley was a strong presence at the recent NCAA/NEWMAC symposium on the theme of integration, with remarks by NCAA Director of Division III Louise McCleary ’87, Wellesley Director of Athletics Bridget Belgiovine, and Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly.

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    Wellesley Remembers and Honors Mandela's Legacy

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    The Wellesley community joins in spirit with people around the world in remembering Mandela today, and hosts a memorial celebration on campus on December 12, 2013.

  • Plaque: The Edward A. Stettner Political Science Library

    Stettner Political Science Library Dedicated

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    On November 12, Wellesley community members gathered to dedicate the Edward A. Stettner Political Science Library in Pendleton East. Named for the late Edward Stettner, the space honors a beloved professor emeritus and his 42-year career at Wellesley.

  • Carolyn Miles holding baby in Iraq

    Carolyn Miles of Save the Children Delivers 2013 Wilson Lecture

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    President and CEO of Save the Children Carolyn Miles presents Our Best Bet: How Investing in Children Can Change the World on October 8 at 8 p.m. in the Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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    Wilson Lecture 2013: Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles

    Monday, September 30, 2013

    Carolyn S. Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, presents the 2013 Wilson Lecture, Our Best Bet: How Investing in Children Can Change the World, on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 8 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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    Wellesley Professor Honored for 44+ Years Service

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly led the College community in honoring Nellie Zuckerman Cohen and Anne Cohen Heller Professor of Health Sciences and Professor of Chemistry Nancy Harrison Kolodny '64 at a retirement party on September 12.

  • Hillary Clinton greets emerging women leaders from around the world

    2013 Women in Public Service Project Institute Underway

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 delivered the keynote address and several members of the Wellesley community are participating in the 2013 WPSP Summer Institute.

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    Best Wishes to Retiring Wellesley Faculty and Staff

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    June's end brings the official retirement date for a number of long-standing Wellesley community members. At Commencement, President Bottomly recognized retiring faculty, and an earlier celebration honored both faculty and staff heading to retirement.

  • First Women World Partners Collaborative Concludes in Beijing

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    Women World Partners' inaugural program, a partnership between Wellesley and Peking University, culminated in Women’s Leadership: Making a Difference in the World, a day-long summit convening hundreds of women leaders from around the globe.

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    Wellesley and Peking University Host Global Leadership Conference

    Friday, June 14, 2013

    Wellesley's innovative partnership with Peking University presents a first-of-its-kind conference in Beijing, Women's Leadership: Making a Difference in the World, on June 15, 2013.

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    President Bottomly in the New York Times

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Responding to the New York Times editorial on the summit meeting between presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping of China, President Bottomly asserted that relationship-building must happen on the ground too, not just in diplomatic conference rooms.

  • Ben Hammond Appointed Vice President for Finance & Administration

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    H. Kim Bottomly, President of Wellesley College, today announced the appointment of Ben C. Hammond as the new Vice President for Finance and Administration at Wellesley, succeeding Andrew B. Evans who will retire on June 30.

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    Wellesley’s Leadership Development Program Reports First Results

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    Wellesley President Kim Bottomly congratulated the first "batch" of staff to complete the College’s Leadership Development Program, launched in 2012 to prepare individuals for future leadership, and build the College’s capacity for collaboration and creative problem solving.

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    Wellesley Announces First edX Classes

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    The first WellesleyX courses span STEM, history, sociology, and Shakespeare, representing Wellesley’s interdisciplinary power. Anthropology 207x: Introduction to Human Evolution is the College's first edX offering, with three more courses announced for 2014.

  • lion statue outside south gate of Peking University

    Wellesley Announces the Wellesley College-Peking University Partnership for Women’s Leadership in a Global Era

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    President H. Kim Bottomly introduces the first in a series of collaborations that Wellesley College plans to develop with distinguished educational institutions throughout the world.

  • three members of Wellesley's ski team show photo of 1951 skiers

    Season's Greetings from Wellesley College

    Monday, December 24, 2012

    Should old acquaintance be forgot? Certainly not. Current and past students join forces across the decades to send Wellesley cheer in video format.

  • Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly Receives Catalyst Award

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Dr. H. Kim Bottomly becomes the first college president to receive this honor from Science Club for Girls, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free educational programs for young women.

  • Wellesley Celebrates Family & Friends and Homecoming Weekend

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    The sophomore class followed tradition, planting its class tree during Family & Friends and Homecoming Weekend, using the venerated spade used since the turn of the last century.

  • President Bottomly Discusses Governing Higher Ed Through Balance

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    President H. Kim Bottomly is now a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. In her most recent blog post, she reflects on "Governing Higher Ed Through Balance" and "Why Cultivating Collaboration Is Crucial, Now More Than Ever.”

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    Wellesley Faculty Seen as Part of "Brain Trust"

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    President H. Kim Bottomly, Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics Phillip Levine, and Associate Professor of Neuroscience Marc Tetel (shown, with students), add to the region's concentration of intellectual firepower.

  • President Bottomly Joins The Huffington Post College Blog

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly joins The Huffington Post College Blog as a regular contributor. A recent post reflected on the student debt crisis that public institutions in the U.S. are facing.

  • President Bottomly handing Nerdland flag to Melissa Harris-Perry

    Commencement Day

    Friday, May 25, 2012

    Live orchestra, colorful paraphernalia, fun Nerdland stickers and pennants in support of Commencement speaker Melissa Harris-Perry, a lack of rain or broiling sun, enthusiastic graduates, and smiling families made May 25 a great day at Wellesley.

  • The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    National Public Radio (NPR) visited Wellesley and other leading schools last week to explore the challenges facing colleges today, and to see first-hand the value of the liberal arts education in today’s world.

  • WCW Announces New Executive Director Layli Maparyan

    WCW Announces New Executive Director

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Layli Maparyan, leading scholar in women's issues, psychology, development, and policy, will join Wellesley Centers for Women in July as the Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director.

  • Bottomly in Washington Post: Education and Leadership Parity for Women

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly writes, "Whether 50 percent of your students are women or 100 percent are, every college and university should have as a priority an investment in the leadership potential of women everywhere."

  • Wellesley Wishes Kathryn Davis '28 a Happy 105th Birthday

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and students from Wellesley’s a capella groups, including the international group Colour Is Music, sent a musical birthday greeting to alumna, benefactor, and trustee emerita Kathryn Davis '28, who celebrates her 105th birthday on February 25.

  • President Bottomly Quoted on Women in Public Service

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

    In a recent Women's Media Center article about the Women in Public Service Project, Wellesley President Kim Bottomly (2nd on left, with college presidents and Hillary Clinton '69) discussed the key role that leading women's colleges will play in increasing the number of women in public service.

  • President Bottomly in The Daily Muse

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    In a series called "Lessons to My Younger Self," Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly told The Daily Muse,  an online publication and community of women, that she would give her younger self the same advice she gives her daughters and Wellesley students: "Focus on what matters to you."

  • President Bottomly and Secretary Albright in British Vogue, USA Today

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright '59 talked to  British Vogue  and USA Today  about women in politics. The interviews look toward the Women in Public Service Project of the U.S. State Department and Seven Sisters Colleges.