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Meet the Class of 2021

May 21, 2021
by Peter MacDonald and James Helicke

Over the past four years, the members of the Class of 2021 have made their mark on Skidmore, and they are sure to continue making an impact after they cross the stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) at Commencement to become the newest members of the Skidmore alumni community.

As the graduates transition from students to alumni, we take a look at what makes this class unique. 

Skidmore's Class of 2021 by the numbers


Students graduating


U.S. states represented


Countries represented


Dual citizens


First-generation students


International students



Academic accomplishments abound for this class. From hundreds of awards and memberships in national honor societies to numerous presentations at national conferences, they have made their mark across all disciplines.

Nowhere did a mix of creativity and excellence manifest itself better than at Academic Festival, a showcase of student talent. Top students shared senior theses and projects with the Skidmore community as the culmination of their academic careers. This year's festival featured more than 270 students in individual and team presentations of student work ranging across the arts, sciences and humanities.

Memberships in national honor societies
President's Award recipients
Periclean Honors Forum members
Phi Beta Kappa members
Departmental honors and awards recipients
Fulbright scholars and semi-finalists



Student-athletes faced unique challenges this year as the pandemic forced the cancellation of many competitions. Still, many Skidmore seniors say the comradery of teamwork has been just as important as the competition. Senior Athlete Award recipient Risa Fukushige ’21, a member of the women’s tennis team that clinched a Liberty League championship this spring, summed it up, saying “work hard, play hard and make the most of your four years.”  

Throughout their careers at Skidmore, their achievements have been remarkable: In the classroom, 31 seniors received a grade point average of 3.67 or higher, and 10 had perfect 4.0 GPAs for induction in the Thoroughbred Society this spring. On the field, their goals have been equally impressive.

League or conference championships
National championship
Academic all-conference awards
All-conference awards
All-American awards


Campus Life

Since they arrived in 2017, members of the Class of 2021 have made this campus their own. Fueled by the idea that Creative Thought Matters, they had the freedom to decide who they wanted to be and the guts to go for it.

As a community of individuals, their impact was deep. They volunteered hundreds of hours to local and national causes and traveled to dozens of international cities and countries to widen their perspectives.

They have led nearly 100 clubs and participated in hundreds of events, from film screenings and fashion shows to peer performances and faculty lectures.

In this bittersweet time of year, the culture they created on campus and the experiences they shared may be what they will miss the most.

Pounds of organic produce grown in the Skidmore Community Garden
Racial Justice Award winners and honorable mentions
Study-abroad countries
Hours spent on Zoom
Orders of Spa late night mozzarella sticks



Countless #Skid4Life memories made


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