Jennifer Haverkamp

Jennifer Haverkamp '79 will be the featured speaker at Wooster's 145th commencement ceremony on May 11.


Noted Expert on Sustainability to Speak at Commencement

College of Wooster alumna Jennifer Haverkamp will address the Class of 2015 on May 11

21 April, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio —Jennifer Haverkamp, an internationally recognized expert on international trade, sustainability, and global climate change policy and negotiations, will return to her alma mater as the featured speaker at The College of Wooster's 145th commencement ceremony on Monday, May 11, in the Oak Grove (1220 Beall Ave.). She will address a group of approximately 460 graduating seniors from the Class of 2015.

A biology major as a student at Wooster, Haverkamp graduated first in her class in 1979 and was chosen as the recipient of the Dan E. Lockhart Outstanding Senior Award. She also was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a co-captain of the varsity lacrosse team. She joined Wooster's Board of Trustees in 1997 and chairs the faculty relations committee.

Haverkamp is currently an independent consultant and Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development as well as a professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University. Previously, she directed the Environmental Defense Fund's International Climate Program and spent nearly a decade as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources in the Executive Office of the President. Prior to that, she held posts at the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice (where her work on the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act earned the Attorney General's John Marshall award), the Conservation Foundation, and a clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has taught at Johns Hopkins graduate school, and serves on the boards of the Verified Carbon Standard Association and the American Bird Conservancy as well as the USTR's Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee. After graduating from Wooster, Haverkamp earned a B.A. and an M.A. in politics and philosophy from Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar) and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

In addition to Wooster's graduating seniors, the College will award an honorary degree to Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland. Collins is a social theorist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of race, gender, social class, and sexuality. She has authored numerous books, including Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, which won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association for significant scholarship in gender and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She also edited Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology with Margaret Andersen, which is widely used in undergraduate classrooms at more than 200 colleges and universities. In addition, she served in a variety of capacities for professional organizations, including president of the American Sociological Association.

In the event of inclement weather, commencement will be held indoors in the Scot Center's Timken Gymnasium (1267 Beall Ave.). Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2145) or e-mail.