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Commencement 2022

A class of resilience

After the upheavals of the past few years, Beloit College Class of 2022 graduates have earned the right to list resilience as a skill on their resumes. Developing and maintaining resilience was a key message delivered at the college’s 172nd Commencement ceremonies.

“Future changes may not be as dramatic as a global pandemic, but even micro-level changes can throw you off balance if you don’t have the necessary resilience,” Commencement speaker Tori Key’03 told the graduates.

“My first challenge to you is to buck the status quo and make the future brighter for yourselves and all of us,” Key said. “We have too much at stake for anything less.”

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The Class
of 2022

COMMENCEMENT HONORS: MARTHA PETERSON PRIZE

Anna Downing’22 lands top prize for academic achievement and community contributions

The Martha Peterson Prize, named after Beloit’s seventh president, goes to seniors who excel in academics and contribute to the Beloit College Community. Faculty members nominate students and the senior class votes on the final recipient.

The recipient of this year’s Martha Peterson Prize is Anna Downing’22. Anna graduates summa cum laude — the highest academic distinction — with a double major in environmental biology and studio art.

On campus, Anna moved with ease between art and science as an outstanding biology teaching assistant and using exhibits to highlight social issues. The Alpine, Texas native led the Theta Pi Gamma sorority and assisted with the college’s Wright Museum of Art collections.

Anna’s advisors called her “an engaged, insightful thinker who is open to new possibilities.” Congratulations, Anna!

Anna Downing’22

COMMENCEMENT HONORS: BLUE SKIES AWARD

Silas Say’22 brings good vibes to Beloit campus

The Warren Miller Blue Skies Award honors graduates who shine good cheer and grace on the Beloit College community. The award was named after the 1960 graduate who brought humor to everyday life as a New Yorker magazine cartoonist.

The upbeat attitude of Silas Say’22 has earned him the 2022 Warren Miller Blue Skies Award. Silas graduated with a biology and health and society double major and a Spanish minor.

He was lured to Beloit College by football but once he got here his interests grew. He jumped into being a football team captain, an RA, an Advanced Mentoring Program teaching assistant, club leader and founder, and Student Excellence and Leadership program mentor.

Known for his “incredibly silly yet mature, determined, upbeat, and positive attitude,” Silas brightened up the campus with his smile. “The best part about Beloit is seeing the community that I love, the community that I belong to, and just being appreciative of that,” Silas said.

Silas Say’22

The Beloit College Class of 2022

Meet our graduating seniors

They came to Beloit from all over the world. Every one of our graduating seniors has left their mark on our college, and now they’re heading back out to make change of their own. We can’t wait to see where they all end up.

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