Jazmine Hughes '12, associate editor for The New York Times Magazine, will deliver the keynote address at the 100th Commencement on May 20, 2018.
Hughes has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Elle, Gawker and The New Republic. She's also an activist who is pushing the boundaries of the publishing establishment. As a co-creator of Writers of Color, she helped develop a database to introduce assignment editors to a much more diverse array of writers. For these accomplishments, Hughes was named to the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list—what has been called an annual "encyclopedia of creative disruption." Read more about Hughes in the Winter 2018 CC Magazine article, "Creative Disruption."
As part of the ceremony, the College will confer on Hughes an honorary degree—a doctor of humane letters honoris causa—an award that reflects not only her achievements as a journalist but also her ongoing personal commitment to the values that animate this community: excellence, integrity, and justice. Hughes will be the youngest ever recipient of an honorary doctorate from the College.
"From its founding at the turn of the 20th century as the only college in the state dedicated solely to providing higher education for women, Connecticut College has continually embraced the principles of equity and inclusion as part of its distinctive moral framework. The College's uniquely progressive vision of higher learning has continued to produce graduates prepared not just to make a living but to make a difference. In this year of our 100th Commencement, we will have the opportunity to hear from a young alumna and activist who is following in the tradition of our founding principles and who lives the College's mission of putting the liberal arts into action," said President Katherine Bergeron.