Nancie Cooper MFA ‘04:
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

Nancie CooperWelcome, welcome to the graduating class of 2013, to their parents, friends and relatives, and to honored guests who have joined with us on this beautiful spring day to celebrate one of life's greatest milestones.

I bring greetings from the Board of Trustees to each member of the undergraduate and graduate classes receiving the degrees being awarded today.

We wish each of you a long, productive and gratifying life that builds on your experience of learning at the most unique and one of the most intellectually robust colleges in the country today.

I also bring a special thanks from the Board of Trustees to our distinguished speaker, Vera Wang. Your career is a spectacular example of the opportunities open to the graduates before us today. It demonstrates the incredible variety of careers for which a Sarah Lawrence education helps prepare its students. You have been a competitive figure skater; a senior fashion editor; an influential design director; and an entrepreneur who helped to revolutionize an entire industry as you built an international fashion and lifestyle empire.

We thank you for your example and for your presence here today.