Vassar alumna and physicist Dr. Sau Lan Wu ’63 will speak at the 150th Commencement ceremony on May 25, 2014. Wu serves as the Enrico Fermi Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her work with the ATLAS team of physicists lead to the announcement of the Higgs boson (the “God particle”), a new subatomic particle, back in July of 2012.
Wu joins a growing list of Vassar alumane/i who have spoken at commencement ceremonies in the past. Others include actress Meryl Streep ’71, actress Lisa Kudrow ’85, and entrepreneur and businesswoman Geraldine Laybourne ’69.
In a written statement President Catharine Bond Hill expressed excitement about Wu speaking at Commencement. Hill wrote, “Commencement celebrates the achievements of our graduates and the future promise of those achievements. Given Dr. Wu’s inspiring life story on both sides of her graduation from Vassar, I’m thrilled and grateful that she has agreed to be our speaker.”
Look out for the full article in the April 3 issue of The Miscellany News.