Message from the Parents’ Program, Spring 2012

Congratulations to those of you with graduating seniors in the Class of 2012! I look forward to seeing many of you on campus in June and congratulating you and your students on this tremendous accomplishment.

Please plan to join us for the Senior Gift Check Presentation on Friday, June 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Old Union Courtyard. Every year during Commencement Weekend, the senior class presents a check to the university. The check represents the generous support of hundreds of graduating students who want to express their gratitude for the educational experience they received at Stanford. The senior gift is directed to The Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education and will help ensure that future generations of Stanford students enjoy the same opportunities that they did. The Stanford Parents’ Advisory Board is very proud to play a part in the senior gift effort by offering matching funds.

The Parents’ Program has scheduled a parent reception this spring featuring Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam. Thank you to Barbara Boyd Proulx BS ’83, MS ’84, MBA ’90 and Thomas Proulx BS ’84, P ’14, ’16, who will be hosting us in Atherton on June 4. All parents are cordially invited to attend. These receptions are great opportunities to meet fellow Stanford parents, as well as learn more about current developments in undergraduate education at Stanford.

Nearly 300 parents attended the Parent Partners Reception with Provost and Acting President John Etchemendy. Attendees from around the globe heard remarks from Provost Etchemendy and were able to mingle with one another. The evening closed with a performance by Mixed Company, one of Stanford’s student a cappella groups. Members of the Parent Partners Committee for The Stanford Fund, a dedicated group of parent volunteer callers, enjoyed a special reception before the event with Julie Lythcott-Haims, dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising and associate vice provost for undergraduate education.

If you are interested in learning more about joining Parent Partners with a contribution of $1,500 or more to The Stanford Fund or in volunteering for the Parent Partners Committee for The Stanford Fund, please contact me or visit

Thank you, as always, for your support!

Jane Harrison
Director, Stanford Parents’ Program
1-800-227-8977, ext 56881