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Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri The Historic Quadrangle, Stephens College campus May 11, 2019


Undergraduate Commencement Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 11 a.m. The Historic Quadrangle, Stephens College campus

Prelude: “Nocturnes”..........................................................by John Field and Frederic Chopin *Procession of Platform Party, Faculty and Degree Candidates Processional: “Pomp and Circumstance”...................................................by Sir Edward Elgar *The National Anthem............. Lyrics by Francis Scott Key and music by John Stafford Smith Performed by Mackenna Morrow Welcome........................................................................... Dianne M. Lynch, Ph.D., President Recognition of the Faculty............................................................................ Leslie Willey, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs Commencement Address...............................................................Tina Parke-Sutherland, Ph.D., Professor of English/Creative Writing Class Speaker.................................................................................................Mariah Escarsega Class of 2019 Gift..........................................................Breeanna Albin, Senior Class President Senior Song: “You Will Be Found,” from Dear Evan Hansen .............................................................By Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Performed by the 2019 Senior Ensemble** Presentation of Degree Candidates............................................................Leslie Willey, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs Rob Doyen, Professor of Theatre Charge to Graduating Class............................................... Dianne M. Lynch, Ph.D., President *“Stephens Hymn” (lyrics on page 16)............................................. by Dorothy Castleman ’29 Led by Aubrey Hicks *Recession of Platform Party, Faculty and Graduates Recessional: “Procession of the Nobles”.......................................by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Please remain standing until all graduates and faculty have recessed.) *Audience Stands **Members (listed on page 15) Music Director: Pamela Ellsworth-Smith Pianist: Tom Andes 1


2019 Retiring Faculty & Commencement Speaker Tina Parke-Sutherland, Ph.D., Professor Dr. Tina Parke-Sutherland has spent most of her life in school — on one side of the desk or the other. She loves to learn and to help other people learn, too. In college, she couldn’t decide exactly what to study, so she triple-majored in English, Psychology and Philosophy, graduated early, and taught her first university class, in psychology, at 20. She steadily moved north from industrial lower Michigan to the shores of Lake Superior and then on to Fairbanks, Alaska, accumulating a B.A., an M.A. and an M.F.A. on the way. In the 1980s, she returned to the University of Michigan for a Ph.D. in Languages and Literature. Parke-Sutherland has taught literature, creative writing and women’s studies at Stephens College for 28 years. She first joined the Stephens faculty in 1991 and took time away to complete a Fulbright Professorship in Finland in 1998. The Fulbright experience proved lifechanging as they do, and she has returned to the Nordic countries for the last two decades to give lectures and attend conferences. She works with a Finnish translating partner to bring literary texts and scholarly books into English from Finnish and serves as an editorial reader for the scholarly journal American Studies in Scandinavia. A published poet, she hopes to write more poetry, fiction and memoir during her retirement. With a passionate concern for environmental and social justice, especially for girls and women around the world, Parke-Sutherland has turned her teaching toward advocacy education — first for rural, first-generation college students at Northern Michigan University; then for Alaska Native people in the Alaska Native Studies Program at the University of Alaska; and at last for girls and women at Stephens. She hopes she has made lasting contributions toward the development of inclusive and progressive curriculum at Stephens and wishes the very best for her many students and colleagues.


Head Marshal Jeffrey Phillips, Ph.D.........................................Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences Faculty Chair

Faculty Marshals Kelly Hulse ...................................................... Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences 2019 Michael Bowling Distinguished Adviser of the Year Debeshi Majumdar, Ph.D................................. Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences 2019 Distinguished Teacher of the Year

Deans Gail Humphries Mardirosian, Ph.D. ������������������������������������������������Dean, School of Creative and Performing Arts Monica McMurry, Ph.D. ...................................................... Interim Dean, School of Design Julia Moffitt, Ph.D................................................................ Dean, School of Health Sciences

2019 Commencement Platform Party Members Breeanna Albin ..................................................................................... Senior Class President Mariah Escarsega.................................................................................................Class Speaker Dianne M. Lynch, Ph.D. ......................................................................................... President Gail Humphries Mardirosian, Ph.D..................................................Dean, School of Creative and Performing Arts Monica McMurry, Ph.D. ...................................................... Interim Dean, School of Design Julia Moffitt, Ph.D................................................................ Dean, School of Health Sciences Tina Parke-Sutherland, Ph.D............................................................Commencement Speaker Leslie Willey, Ph.D. .......................................................... Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Senior Class Officers Breeanna Albin.......................................................................................................... President Mariah Escarsega............................................................................................... Vice President

Student Government Association Executive Board 2018-2019 Jessica Ferguson......................................................................................................... President Raina Johnson................................................................................................... Vice President Caylea Ray................................................................................................. Secretary/Treasurer Christine Pham............................................................................................ Student Advocate Morgan Puckett.............................................................................................Academic Affairs Caila Holsapple....................................................................................................... Marketing

Mortar Board 2018-2019 Mary Arnold Tia Baker Sara Barfknecht Madison Crist Hannah Dorey Mariah Escarsega Raina Johnson Emma Kelly Lily Kohler Rachael Mallinson

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Lili Javorka Marean Bridget Martin Sarah Martin Alexandria Massie-McDowell Odalis Montero Gabriella Ott Leah Rouse Ella Shirk Ayanna Smith Kelsey Taffner


2018–2019 Ten Ideals The Ten Ideals originated in 1921 when Dr. Werrett Wallace Charters and President James Madison Wood sought the development of a new curriculum. Each year, 10 students whose activities represent the overall ideals of Stephens College were selected as personifications of individual Ideals. A practice abandoned in 1968, it was re-established in 1983 by Dean of Students Martha Wisbey and a group of Stephens students.

Belief................................................................................................... Nandi Hamer Courage............................................................................................Sara Barfknecht Creativity............................................................................................ Shakiya Lyons Independence...............................................................................Alexus Dieckmann Intelligence.......................................................................................... Ayanna Smith Leadership.....................................................................................Stephanie LeBlanc Respect.................................................................................Davielle Swinson-Spears Responsibility.......................................................................................Castor Santee Sensitivity.......................................................................................... Natalie Botkins Support.................................................................................................Erin Connell

Four-Fold Girl Award................................................................................... Cheyenne Hensley The “Four-Fold Girl” displays mental strength, physical health, social poise and spiritual vision in all that she does and says. Others turn to her for guidance and counsel and find her sympathetic and understanding. She has a variety of interests and participates in many activities, but in her investment of time and effort, she shows an intelligent balance of emphasis.

Best Private Citizen................................................................................................... Tia Baker The “Best Private Citizen,” though she doesn’t hold a campus government office, abides by and respects campus laws in her power of leadership. With unquestioned personal citizenship, she is a force for good, maintaining the College’s Ten Ideals in both attitude and action. To some degree, she possesses each of the character attributes of the Ideals.

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Nominees for Graduation With Honors Summa Cum Laude

(Cumulative GPA of 3.90 to 4.00)

Natalie Ann Botkins Liana Marie Bustamante Erica Isabelle DeMers Cheyenne Ada-Baker Hensley Kiana Marie Homan Mariah Noel Homan

Haylee Jo Johnson Stephanie Anne LeBlanc Odalis Montero Kylie Nicole Naumann Mallory Ann Stacy Lauren Vaughan

Magna Cum Laude

(Cumulative GPA of 3.80 to 3.89)

Sara Marie Barfknecht Raina Kristine Johnson Danielle Rose Kirk Erika Rebecca Waltraud Martinez Michelle Lynn Morris

Kaitlyn Michaella Orr Isabelle Ann Scheibe Megan Renee Spencer Winona Xanthe Wiley

Cum Laude

(Cumulative GPA of 3.70 to 3.79)

Chalee Marie Britt Daija Michelle Calmese Erin Danielle Kordzik Kaitlyn Jo Mahin

Ella Carlton Shirk Ayanna Judith Wesly Smith Hannah Charlene Sutton Rachel Lee Wahl

Stephens Scholars Sara Marie Barfknecht Allison Paige Boswell Natalie Ann Botkins Liana Marie Bustamante Lauren Ashley Douglas Lily Carlisi Kohler Erin Danielle Kordzik Stephanie Anne LeBlanc

Kaitlyn Jo Mahin Sarah Anne Martin Alexandra Isabelle Hayward Phifer Ayanna Judith Wesly Smith Megan Renee Spencer Lauren Vaughan Winona Xanthe Wiley

Associate Degree Candidate (awarded in absentia if unable to be present) Shelly Jin Han Hannibal, Missouri Associate in Arts

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Baccalaureate Degree Candidates (awarded in absentia if unable to be present)

Breeanna Mikayla Albin Greenwood, Indiana Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Costume Design

Abby Rose Burns Lee, Massachusetts Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development

Sara Marie Barfknecht Columbia, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Liana Marie Bustamante Springfield, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Education

Olivia Bashaw Manhattan, Kansas Bachelor of Arts in Apparel Studies

Daija Michelle Calmese St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Education

+Sarah Beth Benne Ashland, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology

Traci Rose Campbell Kansas City, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Allison Paige Boswell Colleyville, Texas Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bridget Elizabeth Casad Lawrence, Kansas Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Natalie Ann Botkins Cairo, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

Mary Elizabeth Cunningham Shreveport, Louisiana Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies

Mariah Sabree Brisco Columbia, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Psychology

+Latasha Marie Daugherty Cape Girardeau, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology

Chalee Marie Britt Callao, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management

Parris LaGail Davis St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Communication

Miranda Jeannine Burke Columbia, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology

Erica Isabelle DeMers Kennewick, Washington Bachelor of Science in Biology

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Courtney Ann Dickey Paris, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Harli Lynn Harris Canton, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology

Alexus Madison Dieckmann Cole Camp, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology

+Victoria Lavina Hawkins Gilbertsville, New York Bachelor of Arts in Biology

+Lauren Ashley Douglas Kansas City, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

+Cheyenne Ada-Baker Hensley Urbandale, Iowa Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

Mariah Ivette Escarsega Kansas City, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology

+Aubrey KateLynn Hicks Warrensburg, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Natalia Maria Everett St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management

Kiana Marie Homan Lebanon, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Rachel Gomes Windham, Maine Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Costume Design Catherine Alexandra Hake St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development Nandi Lloyd Hamer St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Health Science Kelsey Elizabeth Haney Shakopee, Minnesota Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies Jerianna Je'Nae Harden St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management

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Mariah Noel Homan Lebanon, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies Morgan Elaine Hummel St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management Brittany Kay Lea Ireland Chillicothe, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management Macey Nicole Isenberg Ashland, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology Lili Kathryn Jean Javorka Louisville, Kentucky Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts


E. Aki Johnson Watertown, South Dakota Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development

Molly Kathleen Loethen Columbia, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication: Design

Haylee Jo Johnson Utica, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management

Shakiya Ellysia Lyons Kansas City, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Communication

Raina Kristine Johnson Telluride, Colorado Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

+Kaitlyn Jo Mahin Lincoln, Kansas Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication: Design

Devin Elizabeth Keating Cedar Park, Texas Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Jennifer Wyatt Marcus Fort Lauderdale, Florida Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies

Taylor Grace Kirby Columbia, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Education

Ania Danae Martin St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Danielle Rose Kirk Camarilla, California Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication: Design

Sarah Anne Martin Olathe, Kansas Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Costume Design

Olivia Louise Klenke Columbia, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Education

Erika Rebecca Waltraud Martinez Yuma, Arizona Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

Lily Carlisi Kohler Kirksville, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Vianka Marie Martinez Chicago, Illinois Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Erin Danielle Kordzik Austin, Texas Bachelor of Science in Biology

Alexandria Faith Massie-McDowell Orlanda, Florida Bachelor of Science in Event and Convention Management

Stephanie Anne LeBlanc Columbia, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication: Design

Melissa Elizabeth Meenehan Columbia, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

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Odalis Montero Dallas, Texas Bachelor of Science in Event and Convention Management

Alexandra Isabelle Hayward Phifer Florissant, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication: Integrated Marketing

Michelle Lynn Morris Odessa, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Communication

Cameron Elizabeth Pille Ballwin, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Mackenna Joy Morrow Houston, Texas Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Kylie Nicole Naumann St. Charles, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Samantha DesireĂŠ Niemeir Tucson, Arizona Bachelor of Science in Biology Kaitlyn Michaella Orr Hillsboro, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts Gabriella Marie Ott Canton, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology Katie Ray Patterson Marahfield, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Education Hope Carmen PeĂąa Kissimmee, Florida Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts +Sydney Elaine Peterson Bethany, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology

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Madelynn Sophie Ranek Gray Summit, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development Hope Elizabeth Rossmiller Quincy, Illinois Bachelor of Science in Event and Convention Management Leah Alexis Rouse Chicago, Illinois Bachelor of Science in Psychology Cai Mac Santee Waller, Texas Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Courtney Marie Sarpy Natchitoches, Louisiana Bachelor of Arts in English Isabelle Ann Scheibe Ballwin, Missouri Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts Brandy Cherrell Shaw St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management Ella Carlton Shirk Estes Park, Colorado Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication: Design


Norma Sizemore Sturgeon, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology

Brittany Sue Marie Sitzes Unsell Arcadia, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology

Ayanna Judith Wesly Smith Estes Park, Colorado Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking

Lauren Vaughan Ashland, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Megan Renee Spencer Brookfield, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication: Design

Rachel Lee Wahl Witchita, Kansas Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication: Design

Mallory Ann Stacy Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies

Micah Lee Weirich Sullivan, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Biology

Hannah Charlene Sutton Gardner, Kansas Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

Winona Xanthe Wiley Orlanda, Florida Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

Davielle E'lon Swinson-Spears Kansas City, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Carmesha MonaĂŠ Wilkins St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management

+Sierra Layne Thibault Washington, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Psychology Anna Xanthula Tripolitis St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Mattison Emilee Williams Manning, South Carolina Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Costume Design Mary Grace Wright Kansas City, Missouri Bachelor of Arts in Apparel Studies

+ August 2019 graduates Lists of degree candidates are subject to revision and do not constitute the official list of graduates for May 2019. The official list will be made available by the Registrar when all degree recipients have been certified.

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Board of Trustees Gayle Flannery Bentsen ’67 Sara Herrnstadt Crosby ’76 The Honorable Ann K. Covington George Ann Stokes Harding ’58 Sara Jane Johnson ’56 Nikki Krawitz Teresa Rouse Maledy ’78 Jane Hobson Marcus ’78 Angeleigha “Angel” Mendez ’14 M. Anne Murphy ’78 Anita K. Parran ’73 Christy Hanahan Powell ’68 Tom Richards Vicki Russell Susan Brawley Schmidt ’67 Dylan Shelofsky ’13 Valerie Shaw ’00 Jim Sinek Mark Taylor ’73 Silissa Uriarte Smith ’98 Ellen Vollrath ’86 Henry “Hank” J. Waters, III

Trustee Emeriti Dale Creach Gretchen Bush Kimball ’57 Ann Wrobleski ’73

Faculty Emeriti Michael Bowling, Ph.D. Judith Clark, Ph.D. Mary Alice (Patti) Doyle Alan Havig, Ph.D. James Whitehill, Ph.D.

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The Mace The mace is an instrument that has evolved through the centuries from a weapon used for protection to a symbol of authority. The mace can be traced back to the Middle Ages when it was used by bodyguards of kings and other high officials. At the time, the wood mace was generally clad in metal and was an effective tool in battle. By the 15th century the mace had become a symbol of sovereignty. History confirms that by the end of the 16th century maces were widely used by officials of English cities and towns. A continuing transformation in symbolism has brought it to the current times where it is used most often as a ceremonial symbol in academic processions.

About Academic Regalia In the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were taking form, they were under the jurisdiction of the church. Most of those studying were clerks in holy orders or monks, and some were priests. They wore habit or cloak, to which was attached a cowl or hood which could be pulled over the head or thrown back according to weather conditions. Academic costume, as such, seems to have originated at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England in the 1300s. As the British universities passed from the control of the ecclesiastics, the costumes took on brighter colors, the dress or convocation robes for the doctors, for example, being of scarlet cloth. The idea of a well-defined system for American colleges and universities arose about 1893. An intercollegiate commission was formed in 1893 to draft a uniform code for caps, gowns and hoods for various degrees. The scheme included identification of the sources of degrees by use of college colors in the hoods. Today’s academic costumes may be described as follows: Gowns for the bachelor’s degree are fashioned from “worsted stuff” with semi-stiff yoke, long pleated front panels, and intricate shirring across the shoulders and back. The bachelor’s gown is distinguished by its long, pointed sleeves. The master’s gown has the same yoke effect but is often designed to be worn open. It has a very long sleeve, oblong in shape. Gowns for the doctor’s degree have velvet panels around the neck and down the front edges. The velvet trimming may be either black or the color distinctive of the discipline to which the degree refers. All material referred to in the preceding paragraphs has been subject to modification with the passing of time. In America the hood is the most outstanding feature of the academic costume. Originally it seems to have had three uses: as a head covering, as a shoulder cape or, when hanging from the shoulder, as a bag in which alms could be collected. The entire garment, cape and hood proper, was allowed to fall back producing approximately the effect which we see today. The shape and size of the American hood marks the college degree of the wearer and, under the system established by the Intercollegiate Code, anyone attending an academic function

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in this country who is familiar with the code can readily distinguish at a glance the bachelors, masters and doctors, and at the same time, recognize the university or college from which each degree was obtained. The outside of the hood is bordered with velvet or velveteen of the proper width, colored to indicate the degree. The reading of the degree, not the department in which the major work was done, governs the proper color of the border. Thus a degree conferred as a bachelor of science in engineering requires the gold yellow of science, whereas the bachelor of engineering degree requires the orange border of engineering. The colored lining of the inside of the hood is of the official color or colors of the institution conferring the degree. Below is a partial list of academic degree colors as registered with the Intercollegiate Bureau of Academic Costume. These are colors of the outside border of the hood. Arts, English, Letters, Humanities..................................................................................White Business Administration, Commercial Science.................................................................Drab Communication, Humanics, Journalism........................................................... Dark Crimson Counseling & Guidance, Education, Pedagogy....................................................... Light Blue Dramatic Arts, Fine Arts, Architecture.......................................................................... Brown Health & Rehabilitation, Physical Science.............................................................. Sage Green Interior Design............................................................................................................ Bilberry Jurisprudence, Laws...................................................................................................... Purple Mathematics, Physics, Science............................................................................. Science Gold Music...............................................................................................................................Pink Philosophy...............................................................................................................Dark Blue Psychology.......................................................................................................................Gold Science.............................................................................................................. Golden Yellow Social Science................................................................................................................ Citron

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Senior Ensemble Natalie Botkins Bridget Casad Lauren Douglas Aubrey Hicks Lili Javorka Devin Keating Ania Martin Erika Martinez Kaitlyn Orr Hope PeĂąa Cameron Pille Isabelle Scheibe

The Mission of Stephens College Learn. Grow. Lead. Vision

Inspired by its tradition as an undergraduate women’s college, Stephens College engages lifelong learners in an educational experience characterized by intellectual rigor, creative expression, and professional practice, supported by accomplished faculty, talented staff, and engaged alumnae/ alumni. Graduates of Stephens College are educated in the liberal arts, informed by diverse perspectives, and committed to lives of leadership, integrity and service.

Values

Stephens College is committed to its Ten Ideals as core values that inspire and enrich our lives: Respect for our own dignity and the dignity of others, embodied in a sense of social justice Courage and persistence Independence, autonomy and self-sufficiency Support for others through the willingness to take and give criticism, acceptance and love Sensitivity to the uniqueness and fragility of the natural world of which we are part Responsibility for the consequences of our choices Belief in our changing selves and in our right to change Creativity in the spiritual and aesthetic dimensions of life Intelligence that is informed and cultivated, critical yet tolerant Leadership which empowers others

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Stephens Hymn

Verse 2 Treasuring memories ever dear, Singing your praise for everyone to hear, Living Ideals for all the world to see that dear, dear old Stephens, we hail to thee!

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May 2019 Stephens College Undergraduate Commencement Program  

May 2019 Stephens College Undergraduate Commencement Program for Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 11 a.m., The Historic Quadrangle, Stephens Colle...

May 2019 Stephens College Undergraduate Commencement Program  

May 2019 Stephens College Undergraduate Commencement Program for Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 11 a.m., The Historic Quadrangle, Stephens Colle...

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