Class of 2023 Gift Campaign

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This campaign ended on May 14, 2023, but you can still make a gift to Pitzer College by clicking here!

Congratulations Class of 2023! We’re in the final chapter of our Pitzer experience, and now it’s our turn to make a lasting impact on future Pitzer students.


From spending time in the student garden, studying with friends on the Mounds, or taking a Zoom meditation class, I’m sure we can all recall many “that’s-so-Pitzer” moments over our college journey. These moments, large and small, would not be possible without support from generous Pitzer community members who believe in our growth as students and socially-minded human beings.

The Senior Class Gift Campaign is a special Pitzer tradition where graduating classes collectively give back to the places and people that made their Pitzer experience possible. Our class voted to highlight the First-Generation Program Fund for our Senior Class Gift Campaign.  

First-Generation Program Fund: The First-Generation Programming Fund helps to support first-generation college students at Pitzer. This fund has played a role in establishing a physical space for FirstGen students and maintaining the FirstGen Student Mentoring Program. 

"Ellen the Pig" Competition

Who is “Ellen the Pig”? Historically, Pitzer Seniors would compete in a Senior Class Gift competition among the other Claremont Colleges in hopes of achieving the highest Senior Participation! 

The winning College is awarded “Ellen the Pig”, a coveted trophy that each school competes to bring to their campus. Since the Colleges have not held this competition in the past few years, the Colleges decided to bring it back! 

“Ellen the Pig” History: The competition to capture Ellen the Pig started in 1995, when a student at Scripps wanted to increase participation rates for the annual campaign. She went to a local gift shop, purchased the pig, and named it Ellen in honor of the College’s founder, Ellen Browning Scripps. After mounting the pink figurine on a trophy base, the student challenged the other colleges to a contest that has focused not on dollar amounts but on encouraging higher numbers of donors. 

Ellen is currently taking up residence at CMC, but rumor has it she plans to return to Pitzer this year. Let's make sure we bring Ellen back to her rightful home here at Pitzer!


Our goal is to reach 100% giving participation from our class by Friday, May 13, 2023. Gifts of just $1 or more to the First-Generation Program Fund or any Pitzer fund of your choice will count towards this goal and help to provide future Pitzer students with the same, if not better, opportunities we cherish.

Let’s celebrate our last moments together as a class by building a better Pitzer for generations to come. Please join us in donating to our Senior Class Gift Campaign today!

Provida Futuri,

Annemarie Gerlach '23, Senior Class Representative 
Theo Longboy '23, Senior Class Gift Chair

Class of 2023 Events

September 22 | Senior Welcome Back Party

February 16 | 100 Days 'Til Graduation Party 

May 05 | Senior Graduation Party

Email us at for more information.

Seniors met Ellen for the first time at the Senior Welcome Back Party!

Ellen the Pig is back!  Senior Class Representative AnneMarie Gerlach '23 and Senior Class Gift Chair, Theo Longboy '23 introduced Ellen the Pig to the Class for the first time and how Ellen yearns to make their return back to Pitzer! 

Ellen currently resides at CMC but is hopeful that Pitzer Seniors can get their Class gift participation high enough so they can return back to their rightful place at Pitzer! 

618 days ago by Christine Camacho

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