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Leah Dunbar '20 captured campus during a morning stroll last fall: “There’ve been many perfect Kenyon mornings, but this one may have been the most magical."

Dannie Lane ’22 took this photo of the Henry Spencer Moore sculpture in the Science Quad before the campus closed in response to the pandemic.

A Drowning Dream

"I live in this moment, this breath," writes Laura Hillenbrand ’89 of her recovery from COVID-19.

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In Queerantine

A photo series by Ally Schmaling '14 celebrates queer personhood amid the pandemic.

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Book Shelf

Explore new releases from members of the Kenyon community.

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A New Medium

Senior studio art majors create a virtual gallery to showcase their final projects.

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Congratulations from John Green

Knowing that the newly admitted Class of 2024 would miss out on a traditional high school graduation, bestselling author John Green ’00 shared a message of encouragement and, as he’s apt to do, a good story. When Green missed his own Commencement, the late Professor of Religious Studies Donald Rogan threw him a non-traditional ceremony that was even more meaningful.

Watch Green’s message on YouTube.

The Best of Both Worlds

The “Music and Entrepreneurship” course taught by Professor of Music Ted Buehrer ’91 had a viral moment on TikTok thanks to a class visit from LA-based composer Kenneth Burgomaster ’91.

Maeve Griffin ’23 recorded a clip of the Zoom video conference in which Burgomaster explained how he used samples of Miley Cyrus’ voice to write a series of short transitional riffs for the TV show “Hannah Montana” — micro-compositions that have found fame in their own right as a popular TikTok sound. 

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View Griffin's TikTok post.

Kenyon From Your Couch

Amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, Kenyon has suspended all on- and off-campus alumni events. Stay connected with your fellow alumni by joining one of our virtual "Kenyon from Your Couch" events, which range from readings and discussions to campus tours and performances.

View the full list of virtual events.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Dale H. Marsh, Brecksville, Ohio, enjoyed working with Sean R. Smith ’16 (a med student at Case Western Reserve) on the interventional ICU team in the cardiothoracic surgical ICU at the Cleveland Clinic. “He did an outstanding job,” Dale reports. “It’s good to see Kenyon is still a good starting point for a medical career.” Dale also notes that he connected with a good friend of Julia M. (Marlowe) Kirby '83 to share advice about interviewing for medical schools.


Janet E. Lord, Baltimore, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Honors Day. “I am incredibly excited and bowled over by this honor,” she writes.


Kathleen Waller, Hilliard, Ohio, proudly rejoices at the graduation of daughter Laurel J. Waller ’19, a double major in classics and drama. “We took a three-week trip to Italy and Greece in June to celebrate this and our 30th anniversary,” Kathy updates. Husband Chris is “counting down the months to retirement from the Upper Arlington Police Department, and I’m still busy teaching English as a Second Language to 130 students at Columbus Preparatory Academy.”

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