Karen R. Lawrence: President of the College

Karen R. LawrenceOn behalf of the Trustees, faculty, and staff of Sarah Lawrence College, I am delighted to welcome you to our Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

This graduation acknowledges the important role our masters programs play both in the life of the College and in graduate education nationally. And it is a testament to the role our graduate programs play in continuing Sarah Lawrence’s unique pedagogic legacy, where distinguished faculty engage with student work in depth. A common thread unites our seemingly disparate programs. We prepare graduates who push the boundaries of discipline and genre and integrate theory and creativity into the approaches they bring to their graduate and professional work. The College has created new fields of study that change the way the world views critical social issues. The unique pedagogy and learning that distinguishes Sarah Lawrence among liberal arts colleges nationally is transformed on the graduate level into the capacity to change the lives of people around the world. Whether it’s through dance, theater, health advocacy, women’s history, child development, teaching, dance movement therapy, writing, or genetic counseling, Sarah Lawrence graduate students make the world a better place.