Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

For Parents

News from SU Vol. 14.4

April 2012


Congratulations to the families of graduating seniors!
We want you to have a smooth and celebratory graduation day. We suggest you check in with your student to ensure the following items have been completed.

  • Plan your day. View the Commencement Schedule.
  • Obtain your tickets. Requested tickets have been mailed to graduates unless a hold has been placed on the record.
  • Alert University staff of guests with special needs immediately. Email Xan Koonce ( with your needs.
  • Make hotel reservations.


Senior Stories
Ten members of the Class of 2011 sat down to talk about all things Southwestern—from academics to athletics; study habits to study abroad; Vietnam to Las Vegas. We hope you’ll be inspired by all the possibilities for your own Southwestern student. Click here to read the stories or learn more about the following opportunities: Internships and Research, Study Abroad, Job Placement and Graduate Studies.
Student Leadership Awards
The following students received awards at the 14th Annual Student Leadership Banquet April 10:

Overall Leader Award – Brady Kent
Emerging Leader Award – Eleanor O’Neil
First-Year Awards – Sarah Cook and Carolyn Cotham
Sophomore Award – Allie Klein
Junior Award – Colton Ferrell
Senior Award – Jasmine Thomas
Pirate Anchor Awards – Sarah Ayers and Mike Cantu

The Student Organization Award went to the Community Garden and the Organization Advisor Award went to Religion and Environmental Studies Professor Laura Hobgood-Oster for her work with SEAK. Read more student notables here.
Career Success Stories
Kindall Hogenson ‘12, an International Business and Spanish major will move after graduation to Seoul, South Korea to work for Samsung Construction and Trading following her successful Global Internship at the company in 2011. In her position at Samsung, Kindall will draw upon her experience learning about the oil and gas industry during her internship and will also use her fluent Spanish language skills working specifically with a mining project in Chile. Read more about Kindall and other Career Success Stories here.


Thank you to parent volunteers who assisted with admission programs this spring in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. Every parent can help Southwestern’s recruitment efforts. Do you know a high school student that would make a great Pirate? Refer him or her to Southwestern online and receive an application fee waiver for the student!


Red Poppy Festival
April 28-29

First Friday, A Celebration of the Arts on the Square
May 4

Georgetown Grand Bicycle Race
May 19-20


Access Southwestern information on-the-go from your mobile device at Preview the smartphone website here.


Final Exams - April 30 - May 4
Commencement - May 5
Summer I Term - May 9-31
Summer II Term - June 4-25
Fall Classes Begin - Aug. 27


Non-graduating students should plan to move out of the residence halls within 24 hours of their last exam. Students remaining on campus this summer for coursework, research and other approved activities may leave their personal belongings in their rooms until summer housing has been readied the week after finals.