Commencement 2023

Commencement for the Class 2023 was held May 13.

Speakers, Marshals and Honored Guest

Nadia Murad
(Photo credit: courtesy of Nadia’s Initiative)

Commencement Keynote Speaker
Nadia Murad, 2023 Pitzer

Pitzer College’s Class of 2023 is honored to welcome 2018 Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient Nadia Murad as this spring’s commencement speaker. Murad is the founder and president of Nadia’s Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding communities in crisis and advocating for survivors of sexual violence. In 2014 Murad and other women and girls in her village in Northern Iraq were forced into sexual slavery by ISIS. She escaped and fled to the West to become a global activist, an ordeal that she describes in her New York Times best-selling memoir The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State.

Read more here about Nadia Murad’s participation during Pitzer’s 2023 Commencement.

Senior Class Speaker
Nejat Ali ’23

Presentation of Senior Gift
Annemarie Gerlach ’23

Alumni Greeting
Diana Bob ’02

Faculty Marshals
Ethel Jorge, Professor of Spanish
Albert Wachtel, Professor of Creative Studies

Student Marshals
Barbara Junisbai, Associate Professor of Organizational Studies
Linus Yamane, Professor of Economics 

Honored Guest
Tasmia Moosani, Assistant Dean of Student Success Initiatives