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Periodically messages are sent to the senior class. Emails always contain timely and important information for those students planning to graduate during the current academic year. In order to make sure that students have access to this information, even if a message is accidentally deleted from the inbox, the archive is constantly updated! Students are expected to read these message from the School, and to reach out to Class Advisers with any questions.


06.23.17 Time to get prepping for your Colloquium!

Dear Rising Seniors,

I hope you are doing well and are enjoying the start of the summer. Many of you were juniors who worked with me as Class Adviser last academic year, and will now be moving into the Senior cohort.  Regardless of whether you are a continuing or rising senior, I am writing to let you know about the new Gallatin Concentration Website.   This is a wonderful new resource created to share annotated Rationale samples with Gallatin students and advisers.

These Rationale samples were selected and annotated by Gallatin faculty members. The website is designed to showcase strong Rationales, but also includes the IAPCs written by these students to provide a sense of how the concentrations evolved over time. Before taking a look at these samples, you may want to start by reviewing the information on the Gallatin website about the Booklist and Rationale.

We hope the Rationale samples will be particularly helpful to you as you work on completing your rationale in anticipation of the new rationale deadlines for Fall 2017:

  • January 2018 grads (and May grads doing a Fall Colloquium): October 1, 2017
  • May 2018 graduates: November 1, 2017
  • September 2018 graduates: April 1, 2018

So, if you are intending to graduate in May of 2018, the absolute latest you can submit your adviser-approved Rationale and Booklist is November 1st, 2017.  Please be sure to work closely with your Primary Faculty Adviser in drafting your Rationale (and even discuss the samples provided on the new website), and plan your fall semester accordingly.  As a reminder, students who do not meet these deadlines will have a registration hold placed on their account.

You are also welcome to be in touch with your Senior Class Advisers, Ben Brooks ( and Meredith Theeman (, if you have additional questions about the Rationale or the Colloquium process.

Everyone here in the Office of Advising is dedicated to your success.  We will be offering a number of workshops in the early fall semester that you might find useful in drafting and refining your Rationale, so please be on the lookout for emails from our office with details on those workshops.

Best wishes,

Matthew Gregory and the Office of Advising