On June 1, 2020, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese hosted a virtual Class Day event in celebration of the Class of 2020.
Pedro Meira Monteiro, Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Christina Lee, Director of Undergraduate Studies, welcomed graduating seniors, friends and family to Class Day and provided each graduate a moment to speak on their thesis work and their experience as Spanish and Portuguese concentrators.
In the weeks leading up to Class Day, graduating seniors were given the opportunity to reflect on their time with the department and share some of their favorite memories and moments through messages to their peers, faculty members, instructors, and advisors:
"My time in SPO has been nothing short of wonderful. Small classes and enthusiastic professors led to relationships that I will cherish for years to come, and I am forever grateful for this community that welcomed me and shared in my struggles and successes. If I could go back in time, I would choose SPO again in a heartbeat." –Hadley Wilhoite
–Anne Elizabeth Sidamon-Eristoff
Faculty members and instructors also contributed messages in celebration of the graduates:
"Querida Nathalie: ¡Enhorabuena! Ya eres una Princeton Graduate. Lista para arreglar el mundo. Te deseo mucha suerte: este país necesita mujeres Latinas fuertes y buenas como tú."
"You’ll be embarking on your new lives under a tremendous pressure and a convoluted global scenario. Still, those of you with whom I’ve had the pleasure to talk in the last weeks make me confident that we’ll beat this crisis and we’ll become better. I think the world will indeed be better because of you. I wish you good luck, "boa sorte", "mucha suerte” with your future endeavors!"
–Pedro Meira Monteiro
The Department also announced the following prizes which were awarded to undergraduates:
Premio Ángel Rama for excellence by a freshman or sophomore in advanced Spanish courses:
Liam Seeley '23 and Julián Alvarez '22.
Premio María Zambrano for an outstanding Junior Paper in the Department:
Lydia Spencer '21 and Jimin Kang '21.
Prêmio Machado de Assis for excellence in advanced undergraduate Portuguese courses:
Ashley Roundtree '21 and Jimin Kang '21.
Premio Angel G. Loureiro for significant international research and experience for a junior or senior concentrator:
June Philippe '20 and Alice Wistar '20.
Ronald Surtz Prize for best independent work on Early Modern studies by a junior or senior concentrator:
Brandon Dunlevy '21.
Vicente Llorens Castillo Senior Prize in Spanish for overall academic excellence by a graduating senior:
Peter Schmidt '20 and Hadley Wilhoite '20.
Ricardo Piglia Best Senior Thesis Prize:
Cecilia Hsu '20 and Anne Elizabeth Sidamon-Eristoff '20.
Congratulations to all our graduates! ¡Felicitaciones! Parabéns!