Vanity Fair editor-in-chief will speak at Greenwich Academy commencement
GREENWICH — Radhika Jones, the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair and a ’90 alumna of Greenwich Academy, will deliver the graduation address at the school’s 192nd commencement on May 23.
The graduating girls, who don white dresses and hold yellow roses for the ceremony according to a century of tradition, have heard from a variety of celebrated personalities in recent years, including: Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, who portrays Claire Dunphy on “Modern Family,” Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS; and Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney.
Jones is the fifth editor of Vanity Fair since the magazine’s modern revival in 1983. She previously held senior editorial roles at The New York Times, Time and The Paris Review. She also was the managing editor at Grand Street, an editor at Artforum and the arts editor of The Moscow Times, where she began her career.
During her days at GA, Jones excelled as a student and was deeply involved in Daedalus, GA’s award-winning art and literary magazine, school officials said. She majored in English at Harvard University, and pursued a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia University, where she has also taught writing and literature.
“Radhika Jones is a fantastic role model for the Class of 2019 and all students at Greenwich Academy,” Head of School Molly King said in a statement released wednesday. “She took advantage of every opportunity while she was a student here and that has been a defining feature of her subsequent experiences.”
Jones is a smart leader and community-builder who has received “rave reviews” as the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, King continued.
“She certainly has a fan in me and we are all so excited that she is going to be GA’s commencement speaker this year.”