The Participant Spring/Summer 2017

  • President’s Message Melvin L. Oliver
  • Pitzer Pathfinder Gael Sylvia Pullen ’78
  • Class of 2017
  • New Dean of Students Sandra Vasquez
  • 2016–17 Award Winners
  • Presidential Inauguration
  • International Exchange Student
  • Rockabilly: 10th Anniversary
  • Around the Mounds News from Campus and Beyond
  • Job Shadowing Program
  • From the Archives Pitzer inaugurations past and present
  • New Dean of Faculty Nigel Boyle
  • Faculty Field Notes
  • Sagehen Sports
  • Alumni Weekend Wrap-up
  • Class Notes
  • Pitzer Participant Darlene Barrientos Crane ’70
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The Inauguration Ceremony of Melvin L. Oliver

Video of the Inauguration of Pitzer College’s 6th President

Presidential Panel

Presidential Panel

Prominent national scholars discuss the future of a liberal arts education in the new political climate.

Faculty Panel during Inauguration Weekend, March 2017

Faculty Panel

Knowledge and Power: Pitzer’s New Educational Objectives in a Changing World


Inauguration Ceremony and Reception

Photos from the Inauguration of Melvin L. Oliver, 6th President of Pitzer College

Commencement 2017


2017 Commencement Ceremony

Pitzer’s 53rd Annual Commencement was held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, on the Stephen L. Glass Commencement Plaza.

President Melvin L. Oliver gives the opening remarks.

Opening Remarks by President Oliver

“This is a day of joy and celebration,”says Pitzer President Melvin L. Oliver.

Keynote Speaker NPR Host Guy Raz

Keynote Speaker Guy Raz

Keynote address by the host and editorial director of the TED Radio Hour & How I Built This

Senior Class Speaker Kepa Barrett

Senior Class Speaker Kepa Barrett ’17

“…a meaningful embrace can be life-changing, much like our life-changing experience here at Pitzer College.”

Chance Kawar '17, Senior Class President

Senior Class Gift Presentation

The Class of 2017 presented its gift to support a scholarship for undocumented students.

President Melvin L. Oliver

President Oliver’s Charge to the Class of 2017

“We are all rooting for you, our true hope for the future.”

Class of 2017 Group Photo

Photo Gallery

Photos from the 53rd Pitzer College Commencement



Pitzer Pathfinder: Gael Sylvia Pullen ’78

Meet Pitzer’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and this issue’s Pitzer Pathfinder, Gael Sylvia Pullen ’78.

Career Services

Meet Career Services

Learn how Pitzer’s Office of Career Services empowers and equips students and alumni to achieve their personal and professional goals.


Alumni Weekend 2017

Relive the excitement from Alumni Weekend 2017.


Rockabilly Festival

Pitzer’s Rockabilly Festival, organized by the Latinx Student Union, celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Around the Mounds

New Resources Lounge Open House

New Resources Lounge Open House

The re-opening of the New Resources lounge draws students, faculty and alumni, including California Senate leader Kevin de León ’03.

Exterior landscaping, northwest sunroom, June 2017,

The Robert Redford Conservancy Renovation Update

The solar panels are on, the dry wall is up and the windows are in as renovations continue on the Conservancy.

Video & Photos

Claremont Diversity Resolution Signing Ceremony

City of Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza signed an informal resolution initiated by Pitzer students.

Nalini Nadkarni

“Tapestry Thinking: Weaving the Threads of Humans and Nature”

Nalini Nadkarni, University of Utah professor of biology, delivers the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Lecture.