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Many Honored at Commencement Recognition Celebration, Including Two Lifetime Giving Society Members

(June 8, 2012) -- The Simmons community expressed its gratitude to more than 200 of its most generous alumnae/i and friends at the annual Commencement Recognition Celebration, held this year on May 17 – the evening before Commencement. Honored guests included members of the 1899 Society and the John Simmons Society, as well as five of this year's six honorary degree recipients, each of whom offered brief comments.

The program, led by Board of Trustees Chair Lauren Brisky, featured remarks by President Helen Drinan. She singled out for special recognition Elinor Alpert Seevak '55 and Trustee Toby M. Sloane '60. Both alumnae have joined the Lifetime Giving Society, which honors alumnae/i and friends whose gifts to Simmons total $500,000 or more.

Toby M. Sloane '60 and husband Carl Sloane
Toby M. Sloane '60 and husband Carl Sloane

President Drinan also recognized Honorary Trustee Jane Shattuck '48, who received an honorary alumna degree at Commencement, in recognition of her decades of dedicated service to the College, including as a trustee, member of the Alumnae Executive Board, and class officer. She had attended Simmons for two years but events prevented her from graduating with her class.

Commencement Recognition Celebration 2012 - President Helen Drinan with Jane Shattack '48 and her family
President Helen Drinan with Jane Shattack '48 and her family

President Drinan concluded the evening's program by introducing the 10 graduating seniors who received the President's 2012 Recognition Award. They were honored for demonstrating an especially strong, active commitment to serving the community.

"Through countless hours of volunteer service and programming, Simmons students improve the lives of others – on campus, in Boston, and in the wider world – just as our alumnae and alumni around the world do each day," said President Drinan.

Each award recipient will have her student loan commitments reduced by $10,000. President Drinan noted that the award were made possible by donors' generous gifts to Simmons, particularly through The Simmons Fund.

Class of 2012 with President Helen Drinan
President Drinan with the President's 2012 Recognition Award recipients


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