St. John’s College Graduate Institute
Summer Class of 2007
WHAT: Commencement Exercises awarding degrees of Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Master of Arts in Eastern Classics.
WHEN: Friday, August 10 10:00 A.M. The public is welcome.
WHERE: Meem Placita, St. John’s College
WHO: David Carl, Commencement Speaker
“Souls, Chariots, and the Problem of Desire”
Thirty-five St John’s College graduate students have completed degree requirements for either the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts or the Master of Arts in Eastern Classics, and will receive their diplomas at the college’s commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on the Santa Fe campus.
The summer’s graduates represent genuine diversity. From high school teachers to biologists, published scholars to yoga instructors, artists to investment analysts, these students have come to St. John’s with a wide array of professional backgrounds, skills, and post-degree goals. Many of the graduates who are teachers in public and private schools suggest that the program afforded them an opportunity to resume their teaching posts in the fall with a renewed sense of purpose. Several graduates are moving on to further study, in fields including musicology and philosophy.
The graduates of summer 2007 are ethnically diverse as well, with representatives of the Native American, Indian-American, Vietnamese-American, and Armenian-American communities.
The commencement speaker is St. John’s College tutor David Carl. Dr. Carl received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Davis. He has taught in California and Germany, and has been a tutor at St. John’s since 2000. His lecture is titled “Souls, Chariots and the Problem of Desire.”
Mr. Michael P. Peters, president of the Santa Fe campus and Mr. Krishnan Venkatesh, director of the Graduate Institute in Liberal Education, will award the degrees.
"The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts."