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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

Charlotte “Shami” J. McCormick updates, “My husband and I are currently living in Geneseo, New York, enjoying the fine art of grandparenting Rhys McCormick, age 3. Our winters are spent in the milder climate of Richmond, Virginia. Turning 70 has given me a different perspective on being old — as in, ‘Surely, I’m not … am I?’ Gail Jacobs Gordon and I got together with other chums in Chautauqua, New York, to celebrate seven decades and be inspired by Bonnie Raitt, who gave a fierce concert! Recently I had the pleasure of working with David I. Jaffe ’78 and Adam T. Petherbridge ’08 in NYC on an evening of Chekhov. I keep my oar dipped in theater but am doing a lot of writing and editing. Working for BGG Creative Studio on a children’s adventure series and brushing up on my playwriting.”


Rabbi Adam S. Lavitt, Philadelphia, announces, “Two years after starting our adoption process, my husband, Alex Weissman, and I are overjoyed to welcome a son, Omri, into our family. The wish I shared with friends on my birth-day, May 13, was to be a parent this year — and Omri was born May 16! When I’m not parenting or nourishing people’s creativity as director of program design and facilitation for Jewish Studio Project, I’m in perpetual awe of the work I get to do companioning people on transformative journeys of self-discovery and spiritual connection as a spiritual director in private practice.”


George L. Hawkey, Seattle, works for Microsoft in the gaming and media space. George married his wife, Bénédicte, whom he met in 2017 during a business trip to Tokyo. “We spent a few years doing the long-distance thing, city-hopping, and I was lucky enough to spend months of that time in Japan. Thankfully, she decided to settle in Seattle for a while as she finishes up her M.B.A. at HEC in France. Teenage boys, 16 and 13, keep things interesting. One dreams of professional skate-boarding, the other of pro basketball stardom — so we’ll see how those play out.”

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