On Friday, May 29, Wellesley celebrated the yellow class of 2015, its 137th graduating class.
Addressing the Class of 2015 and an international audience of family and friends was Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who has written three novels and a collection of short stories that have been recognized with the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her latest novel, Americanah, is being adapted for film. Adichie was included in the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 Summer Fiction Issue in 2010, was named one of CNN’s Leading Women of 2014, and was selected as one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2015.
Adichie was preceded by senior speaker Katie Barsotti, and followed by President H. Kim Bottomly with a charge to the senior class. The program continued with the awarding of degrees, then a benediction, and the celebratory recessional march!