Commencement speaker Kimilee Bryant

Converse College’s Class of 2017 has announced that leading Broadway performer and Converse alumna Kimilee Bryant ’88 will give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony on May 20. Bryant performed the role of ‘Christine’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, as well as in Switzerland and Toronto. She is the…
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A new biosensor to help detect a genetic disease. The potentially carcinogenic effects of Round Up. This sort of research may sound like the domain of large biomedical research labs, but it’s being conducted right here on the Converse campus. And some of the researchers aren’t old enough to drive.

Michel Stone

Alumna and nationally acclaimed author Michel Stone of Spartanburg was the keynote speaker for Converse College’s 2016 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14. The graduating class began and ended their Converse experience with Stone, having read her award-winning novel, The Iguana Tree, the summer before their freshman year began. They arrived on campus armed with…
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author Michel Stone

Coming full circle from their first learning experience as Converse students, the senior class will welcome alumna Michel Stone ’99 MEd as their commencement speaker on Saturday, May 14. The class read the author’s award-winning novel, The Iguana Tree, during the summer before their freshman year began. Arriving on campus armed with thoughts, questions, and…
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During the annual Founder’s Day celebration last Friday, the Converse community was riveted by the poignant, humor-filled keynote address of MacArthur Foundation Fellow Ellen Bryant Voigt ’64, heartened by the well-deserved recognition of award winners, and filled with both laughter and tears as we celebrated our farewell for President Betsy Fleming.

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Converse is pleased to welcome Ellen Bryant Voigt ‘64, MacArthur Fellow, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and former Poet Laureate of Vermont, back to Converse to deliver the keynote address at Founders’ Day on April 22, 2016 at 11:30 am.

Reconnecting in historic Wilson Hall are two women who have dedicated the last decade to growing the most distinctive and best aspects of Converse College. In this heartfelt conversation between Betsy Fleming and Sally Jeter Hammond ’81, former Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing, President Fleming reflects on her time at Converse and reveals a...
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Valkyries new mascot

There is a new girl in town, a Norse goddess to be exact. “Val” – a mythological warrior complete with shield and spear – led the Converse Valkyries basketball team onto the court for the first time Saturday, surprising and delighting fans who welcomed her with cheers. The NCAA Division II team high-fived their new…
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Faculty at Converse College

Dr. Grace Adams Bagwell ’07 minored in Dance at Converse and is the founding director of the Modern Pin-Ups and the Dancefx Tap Company in Athens, GA. Grace is a proud supporter of empowering women through creative energy, dance, and performance.  She also contributes her talents to community engagement with organizations such as Project Safe’s…
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Alumna and University innovation

Nadia Gathers ’15 graduated cum laude from Converse College, where she created her own Social Entrepreneurship curriculum. She integrated business, political science, and economics in order to design and implement creative solutions to the world's most significant issues. Talk about a trailblazer! “Converse pushes you into places where you weren’t as confident or experienced, but...
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