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A photo shows a student creating an enormous, iridescent bubble.

Photo by Shannon O’Brien

Fun and Games

On the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 17, students celebrated being back on campus at the annual surprise funfest that was Lake Day. Organized by the Schneider Board of Governors, this year’s event, called Camp SBOG, evoked happy memories of childhood summers. It featured gigantic beach balls, free kettle corn, cult favorite Del’s Lemonade, craft tables, temporary tattoos, and giant bubble blowers. But the best part was being together again.

Prof. Butcher Goes to Washington

Ordinarily, the fall semester finds Kristin Butcher ’86, the Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics at Wellesley, teaching an upper-level economics class. But since July 1, Butcher has been in the nation’s capital, serving as director of the Center on Children and Families, the Cabot Family Chair, and a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. She is on leave from the College. “The Center on Children and Families was founded by Isabel ‘Belle’ Van Devanter Sawhill ’59, and Sarah Nzau ’18 just left after a stint as a research associate to attend Harvard’s Kennedy School. So there are lots of Wellesley connections to CCF,” says Butcher. Brookings is a nonprofit devoted to independent research and policy solutions. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, provide innovative, practical recommendations for policymakers and the public. Butcher is an applied micro-economist whose research focuses on children and families, immigration, health, criminal justice, labor economics, social mobility, and higher education.


I first want to say, “We made it!” I know we usually hear these words on our graduation date at the end of the school year, but not today—today we celebrate its beginning.

By the Numbers /
The Class of 2025

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Number enrolled, from 1,240 admitted students


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