On Saturday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m., St. John’s College will celebrate its Forty-Seventh Annual Commencement Ceremony. Sixty-five undergraduates and twenty-four graduate students will take part in the ceremony, held on the Weigle Placita at St. John’s.
The greatest concentration of graduating seniors hails from Texas (11), followed by California (8), and New Mexico (6). Several foreign countries are also represented among the graduates—Montenegro, Zimbabwe, Mexico City, Pakistan, Singapore, and the Czech Republic. The graduates from the Graduate Institute came from as close as Santa Fe and other parts of the Southwest and as far away as Xiangyang, China.
The commencement speaker is Jill Cooper Udall. Ms. Udall is an educator, lawyer, former Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Mexico, long-time arts advocate, and former Officer of Cultural Affairs for the State of New Mexico. She was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Ms. Udall also sits on the Board of Visitors and Governors for St. John's College and the Boards of Directors for the Washington National Opera, Ford's Theatre, Santa Fe Conservation Trust, SITE Santa Fe, Southwest Care Center, and the Meridian International Center. She has been engaged as a consultant on museum issues for the President’s Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States and for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, where, among other things, she worked with the State Department’s Arts in Embassies Program to commission work by Native American artists to hang in diplomatic residences around the world. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University Law School and is currently finishing her first novel.