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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
and board president of

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 
Hninn watering

Leading the Way for Women in STEM

Phyu Hninn Nyein ’05
Recipient, Women of the Future Awards, South East Asia


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
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


Andrea Barrica '06 and Kalie McGuirl '14

Building technology on the side of humanity

Andrea Barrica 06
Founder of
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