The Saint Mary’s Class of 2012 will welcome Mellody Hobson as their commencement speaker Saturday. Hobson, a 1991 graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy, will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree from the College. She currently serves as president of the Chicago-based money management firm Ariel Investments and as chair of the board of trustees for the firm’s mutual funds. Hobson is an expert on financial literacy and investor education and is a regular contributor to ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She is also on the board of directors of EstÃ©e Lauder Companies, Inc., DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., Groupon and Starbucks Corp. Senior Kate Park said she thinks Hobson’s wealth of experience will provide for a meaningful address. “Based on her history and career, I think she can be a very informative speaker for the Class of 2012,” she said. “She seems to have many worldly experiences, as well as [success] in the business world. Therefore, she can give many of us Belles helpful tips on how to become successful after Saint Mary’s.” Senior Allie Courtney said she is looking forward to Hobson’s commencement address. “I am very excited about this year’s commencement speaker,” she said. “Mellody Hobson is an incredibly accomplished woman and an exemplary role model to all of us. Her work and accomplishments are very impressive, and I can’t wait to hear her speak.” Senior Catherine Swanson said she expects Hobson’s speech to be engaging and memorable due to her many interesting life experiences. “I’m really looking forward to hearing about her experiences and how she got to where she is today,” she said. “She will have a lot of interesting things to say and I am grateful for the chance to listen to her.” Park said Hobson’s success as a woman in business will inspire the Class of 2012. “I am looking forward to being with my fellow Saint Mary’s sisters and enjoying our last moments together as we listen to a woman who embodies all that we embody: a Saint Mary’s education,” she said. “I am hoping we will be inspired from the address.” Courtney said Hobson’s broad expertise will be a valuable contribution to her final moments as a Saint Mary’s student. “I think she is very relevant to our class,” she said. “Our class truly appreciates the community at Saint Mary’s and how we have grown as strong, confident and empowered women because of it. Her example as a truly successful woman is inspiring to us.” Commencement will be held Saturday at 12 p.m. on LeMans Green.
She nevertheless said that she accepted the decision and vowed to continue to fight for child protection in any way possible.Jokowi signed a decree on the immediate dismissal of Sitti from her post as the KPAI’s commissioner for health, narcotics and addictive substances following a recommendation from the agency’s ethics council. The council had stated that Sitti had violated the commission’s code of ethics by making the inaccurate statement.Sitti made the controversial remarks that ultimately resulted in her dismissal during an interview with tribunnews.com in February, saying that women should be careful about the risk of getting pregnant when swimming in public pools with men.”There is an especially strong type of sperm that may cause pregnancy in a swimming pool,” Sitti said. “Even without penetration, men may become sexually exited [by women in the pool] and ejaculate, therefore causing a pregnancy.”Her blunder was immediately met with a strong response from the public and medical practitioners.The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) said it was impossible for women to get pregnant in a swimming pool as the water contained chlorine and other chemicals. “Sperm cannot survive in these conditions,” IDI executive Nazar said at the time.Sitti who initially defended her claim by saying it was based on scientific journals later retracted the statement and apologized. The KPAI itself issued a response saying that Sitti’s statement did not represent the views of the organization.Topics : Former Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) commissioner Sitti Hikmawatty – who was fired by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo after making the scientifically inaccurate claim that “strong sperm” could impregnate women in swimming pools – said she accepted her dismissal, while also claiming she had been treated unfairly.During a teleconference on Tuesday, Sitti said the agency’s decision to recommend her dismissal was made in violation of procedure, saying that she should have been given an administrative sanction and a letter of reprimand instead of being fired.”What I got instead was the ultimate punishment without having a chance to defend myself. This should not happen again,” Sitti said, urging the President and relevant ministries to fix the “legal loophole” in the commission’s regulations.