Wellesley Celebrates the Yellow Class of 2015

May 29, 2015

Welcome friends and family—and congratulations Class of 2015!

On Friday, May 29, Wellesley celebrated our 137th graduating class, the yellow class of 2015. Commencement exercises included an address by award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will address the graduates and an international audience of their family and friends.

Adichie, the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, is the author of three novels and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Her novel Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Half of a Yellow Sun won the Orange Prize, and was selected as a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year. Her latest novel is Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction, and was named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year.

Adichie’s work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope, among other publications.

The Class of 2015 student speaker was Katie Barsotti. Barsotti majored in cinema and media studies with a minor in English and served as president of Wellesley's improvisational comedy group Dead Serious.

Visit the Commencement pages for schedule and FAQ.