Forty-one seniors received Global & Environmental Studies Certificates on Friday, May 10, in a ceremony in the Nee Room honoring their achievements.
To earn the certificate, students must complete five or more Loomis Chaffee courses with the Global & Environmental Studies designation; language study through the fourth-year level; participation in an off-campus program of two weeks or longer; involvement in Loomis extracurricular activities with international, multicultural, or environmental focuses; participation in the Global & Environmental Studies Seminar; and presentation of a final paper or project. The certificates are administered through the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies.
Two students spoke at the ceremony about widening their global perspectives and deepening their understanding of the environment through pursuit of the certificate.
Kalina "Kiki" Szemraj shared recollections of her Alvord Center international education trips to Quebec and Peru and the environmentally-focused art exhibit, Gaia, that she spearheaded in the Clark Center for Science & Mathematics. Mark Valadez spoke of coming from his home in Mexico to Loomis Chaffee as the first of many global experiences during his time as a Loomis student. Through Alvord Center educational trips and other endeavors, he said, he developed his environmental awareness, enhanced his language skills, widened his cultural horizons, and expanded his nature-writing, storytelling, and other abilities. Both Kiki and Mark also mentioned the close connections they made with other students as they worked together toward their certificates.
"Whatever you do in life, wherever you go, you will never look at the world in the same way, and because of this, you should be proud," Mark said to his fellow certificate recipients.
Alexander McCandless, the Christopher H. Lutz Director of the Alvord Center, closed the ceremony with a reading from Bill Bryson's travel-inspired book Notes from a Big Country.
Members of the Class of 2019 earning certificates include: