Three 2010 Graduates on NBC Nightly News

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Three 2010 Agnes Scott graduates were interviewed for NBC Nightly News’ annual commencement roundup story that aired June 7.

The theme of NBC’s story was to feature college graduates who had overcome significant challenges in obtaining their degrees. Although the three Scotties were not identified by name or the college they attended, all were included in the story.
Catalina Ford
Catalina Ford, a philosophy major from Decatur, Ga., whose husband has been attending college in another state, talked about being a mother first while also being a student. Her toddler son, George, was with her during the interview. Ford’s classmates cared for George while his mother attended classes, and he became an unofficial mascot for Agnes Scott’s class of 2010. Ford plans to attend law school at the University of Richmond.

In her interview, Natasha McClendon, a psychology major from Jonesboro, Ga., said her grandmother had been a housekeeper at Agnes Scott. McClendon, who made a presentation last fall at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, has been accepted in the master’s program at American University to study sociology.
Natasha McClendon
Michele Hunter, an English literature-creative writing major from Decatur, Ga., wiped away a tear as she talked about what it means to her, a high school dropout, to have a college diploma with her name on it. A Woodruff Scholar (nontraditional- age student) at Agnes Scott, Hunter graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. She plans to study media law, probably at the University of San Diego Law School.

“While we regret that Agnes Scott and these students were not specifically identified in the NBC segment, we are so very proud of Catalina, Natasha and Michele,” said Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott. “Their personal commitment to obtaining an education is remarkable, and I applaud each of them. They are wonderful representatives of our student body, and I believe their stories on the NBC segment will inspire other women around the country.”
Michele Hunter
All three received their degrees at Agnes Scott in early May. The class of 2010 ranged in age from 19 to 50 and came from 20 states and the Virgin Islands and seven countries from England to Guyana and from India to Trinidad and Tobago. Forty percent had studied abroad in 27 countries and 60 percent had completed internships.

At graduation time, 43 percent of this class had accepted employment and 29 percent had been accepted into graduate school or a professional school for the fall. Other 2010 graduates reported that they are attending Agnes Scott’s Year Five Program, are seeking additional undergraduate study or are involved in other activities such as travel, volunteering or raising a family.

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Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.