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  • Memorial Day

    May 30| Academic Dates
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    Closed for the Holiday.

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  • Campus Closed for the Holiday.

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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

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Honorary Degrees

John Mason Honorary Degree Otis

Honorary Degree Recipient John Mason ’57 and Trustee Bronya Galef


Each year Otis selects one or two individuals to receive the Honorary Doctorate degree at the Commencement Ceremony in May. One of the recipients also serves as Commencement Speaker. Recommended individuals should meet some combination of the following criteria:


1. Have a background and experiences that reflect the College mission and its programs..
2. Have influenced professional practice, and have a background and experiences that place
the recommended individuals at the pinnacle of their field.
3. Contribute to the College's reputation.
4. Serve as a role model for students.
5. Reflect the College's aspirations.
6. Have served, or could serve, as a friend and ambassador of the College.
7. Are good public speakers (if selected to speak on Commencement Day).

List of Honorary Degree Recipients from 1962 to Present (PDF)

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