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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

“Gail and I have happily retired (semi-) to Aiken, South Carolina, a horse community with great charm and hard-working folks. We loved our life in L.A. but don’t really miss it. Much energy is consumed by Gail’s health challenges, which so many of you can understand. Meanwhile, I am slowly resuming my psychotherapy practice. The world needs our prayers. Be well.”

Reverend William C. Scar, Aiken, South Carolina


Matthew K. Seeley, Cleveland, celebrated the wedding of daughter Haley on Sept. 21. Attending were Devin J. Oddo '93, Edward F. Kilbane '93, Matthew J. McGeary '93, Kenneth P. Danzinger ’94 and John-Marc Berthoud ’94. Matthew’s eldest son, Benjamin, works for his wife Amy’s business, Seeley Test Pros, as an ACT/SAT tutor; Matthew has opened his own practice, The Seeley Law Office. “All in all a very exciting year.”


Kathryn C. McMillan and Robert D. McMillan ’07, Chicago, welcomed a third son, Carl David, a “delightful human who thankfully enjoys sleeping” and joins brothers George (5) and Peter (3). “We are handling the expansion well, considering we still reside in a two-bedroom condo with cats. We are also about to welcome another No. 3—the third retail location for our Chicago-based American-made denim company, Dearborn Denim. We are lucky to have Rob’s family, including his sister Heather M. Hoeppner ’05, nearby.”

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