By Lauren Prince '14, Editor-in-Chief
The SAS Senior Class Representatives Annsley McKinney (‘12) and Amanda Clemm (‘12) have been working tirelessly to plan events, which celebrate the senior class, and find a commencement speaker who reflects the ideals of Scripps. That effort and planning went into finding Zainab Salbi, this year’s commencement speaker.
Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization. The organization helps female survivors of wars rebuild their lives by providing social and economic opportunities. Started in 1993, Women for Women International has helped 316,000 women,given over $103 million in direct aid and micro credit loans. It has impacted more than 1.7 million family members.
Salbi has been honored by the Clinton Global Initiative Lead and has received numerous other awards. She is an example of a capable, ambitious, hardworking and empowered woman – the cornerstone of Scripps women.
Learning the process of asking someone to speak at commencement was an arduous task for McKinney and Clemm. After getting suggestions from the senior class at the end of last year through Facebook and Survey Monkey, they narrowed down the choices and ended up with Salbi.
Other commencement speakers have yet to be chosen. Auditions for the student speaker will be held on February 17 from 1 to 3 p.m in the Student Union. McKinney and Clemm also planned Toast last semester, a senior event complete with toast and champagne. This semester, they have planned the 100 Days til Graduation party scheduled for tonight at Viva Madrid. There will also be a Sophomore/Senior Candlelight dinner to discuss study abroad, choosing a major, and the trip to Las Vegas. McKinney hopes to plan more events with the senior classes from the other schools, as well as planning more on campus events.
Seniors, take advantage of the fabulous opportunities provided to you by SAS and Scripps College. You only have 100 days left.