2021 Student Commencement Speakers

Undergraduate Commencement Speaker: Naomi Jones

Originally from Waterford, Connecticut, Naomi Jones will be graduating with a BFA in Creative Writing. From her first days on campus, she quickly established herself as someone who would change this community for the better.  A talented performer, Jones is a member of Flawless Brown and the Treblemakers. She has been active as a resident assistant and an Orientation Leader, as well as a member of SGA. This year, she served as president of the Senior Class Council, as well as president of EBONI. Jones is a member of the Undergraduate Students for Publishing and an active member of Zeta Phi Eta. She is a member of the Purple Key Leadership Society and was selected as the senior speaker for the 2021 Commencement Exercises. She is known across campus as an enthusiastic and authentic leader who takes seriously the responsibilities of leadership. Her frequent service on committees and in presentations to College boards and leadership demonstrates the value of the impact she has had on this community.

Marlboro Commencement Speaker: Felix Bieneman

Felix Bieneman is a December 2020 graduate based in northern Vermont. In the past year, they have driven through upstate New York twice, taken minutes for countless meetings, and completed a metered translation of Sophocles’ Antigone. In the next year, they’re looking forward to receiving fewer emails (until they start applying to graduate programs). They are eternally grateful to the Marlboro faculty for their support.

Graduate Commencement Speaker: Livia Meneghin

Livia Meneghin is a member of the MFA Poetry program in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing. She is the author of the chapbook Honey in My Hair. Her individual poems and reviews have found homes in the Academy of American Poets, tenderness lit, Entropy Magazine, Tinderbox, So to Speak, Whale Road Review, and elsewhere. She is a writing instructor in the Writing Studies Program at Emerson and program coordinator for EmersonWRITES.