Commencement 2021

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Celebrate the Pitzer College’s Class of 2021 during our virtual commencement ceremony. This special event features keynote speaker U.S. Representative Mondaire Jones, Pitzer President Melvin L. Oliver and other members of the college community, and, of course, the Class of 2021. You will hear from some of our graduating seniors, including Yusef Pierce ’21, the first student to earn a BA from Pitzer while incarcerated. We hope you enjoy watching this special commencement celebration of Pitzer’s Class of 2021.

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Pitzer community members share their special messages of congratulations to the Class of 2021.

Virtual Commencement Program

Opening Remarks
Melvin L. Oliver, President

Senior Presentation
Zawadi Doti ’21

Senior Presentation
Becca Zimmerman ’21

Board of Trustees Greeting
Harold Brown, Chair, Board of Trustees

Honored Guest | Acknowledgement
Sandra Vasquez, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Faculty Marshals | Recognition
Maria Soldatenko, Associate Professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o Transnational Studies
Joe Parker, Professor Emeritus of Critical Global Studies

Student Marshals Greeting
Barbara Junisbai, Associate Professor of Organizational Studies
Rachel VanSickle-Ward ’99, Professor of Political Studies

Senior Presentation
Yusef Pierce ’21

Senior Presentation
Veronica Martinez ’21 with Ralph Zamora ’21

Alumni Greeting
Michele Siqueiros ’95

Senior Presentation
Kyle Davis ’21

Introduction of Commencement Speaker
Melvin L. Oliver, President

Commencement Speaker
Mondaire Jones, U.S. Representative (D-NY)

Senior Presentation
Kay Wright ’21

Presentation of the Class of 2021
Allen Omoto, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Virtual Presentation of the Members of the Class of 2021

Charge to the Class of 2021
Melvin L. Oliver, President

Presentation and Speech Transcriptions


Celebration Kit

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Printable Signs



Class of 2021 Congratulations!



Class of 2021 Congratulations!




Class of 2021 We Did it!



Class of 2021 We Did it!


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Pitzer College held a virtual commencement ceremony on May 15 to acknowledge the Class of 2021’s tremendous accomplishments. Pitzer remains committed to providing an in-person celebration of the Class of 2021 sometime in the future when it is safe to do so.