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Alumni Stories

The world needs you to ask the questions that we feel too sheepish to ask, the questions to which no one knows the right answer. The world needs you to reconfigure the pieces in a way that’s against the rules. The world needs you because you can recognize the gears that are grinding, which over time others have come to rationalize and accept. The world needs you to see it with fresh eyes.

- Eli Pariser ’96,
Founder of Upworthy.com
and Board President of MoveOn.org

Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker

Our alumni leave Simon’s Rock with more than a degree; they leave here with stories.

They didn’t get here by shuffling through a conventional educational trajectory, and they’re not going to stop chasing down challenging, meaningful work after graduation. True, our alumni might wind up explaining their education to others who aren’t quite as familiar with the path they chose, but that’s a conversation they welcome. Typically, coming to Simon’s Rock is just the first of many atypical, open-minded, bold moves they’ve made in their careers.

Read our alumni stories. You’ll hear how Rockers are carrying their passion for ideas and commitment to the common good with them into their lives after Simon’s Rock. You’ll hear how they’re still rethinking conventions, challenging themselves and others to push past preconceptions, and working hard to build a better, smarter, saner world.

They’re still Rockers, after all.

Alison Bechdel with drawing

Celebrated cartoonist shares her experiences at the Rock

Alison Bechdel ‘77
MacArthur Fellow
 

Alford portrait

Alum Gives ’15 Commencement Address

Henry Alford ’80
Humorist and Journalist
 

 

Eva Solberger with camera

Alumni In Film

Profiles of Four Alums 
 
 
Jennifer Fan Interview

Fearlessness and Creativity

Jennifer Fan ’99
Forbes “30 Under 30 Finance List"
 

 

Zachary Julius portrait

Challenging Alums to Donate

Zachary Julius ‘85
Chief Executive Officer
 
 
Samir Arora speaking at panel

Problem Solver

Samir Arora 02
Investment Specialist
 

Veronica Chambers

Simon's Rock at 50

Veronica Chambers ’87
Author
 
 
Maudi and Sumul Shah

Helping Others with Medical Decisions

Maudie Hampden Shah ’99 and Sumul Shah ’99
Founders of Amino
 

 

Robert Dunton, Abraham Chu, Youngro Lee

Empowering Business Owners

Abe Chu ’00, Youngro Lee ’00, and Bob Dunton ’00
Founders of Next Seed
 
 

 

 See all the ways Rockers find academic and professional success