Gabrielle Giffords, the Scripps years

Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman, came to Scripps College in Claremont on Saturday to receive the Ellen Browning Scripps Medal. The 1993 alumnus, who was commencement speaker in 2009, later toured the campus and posted a couple of photos to her Instagram account of her name on the Scripps graffiti wall (evidently from 20 years ago) and of her and her husband in front of her old dormitory. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Latin American history (!). Scripps sent us a few photos, including these two, from her 1993 yearbook. Her Wikipedia entry explains her career, including her near-fatal 2011 shooting and her 2012 resignation to concentrate on recovery.
1993 Yearbook photo - filtered
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  • Ronald Scott

    Wow, she was hot

  • John E. Bredehoft (Empoprises)

    OK, so she rode a scooter. But even if she rode a Harley in her Scripps years, her husband has still traveled on a more impressive machine… 🙂

    • davidallen909

      It’s hard to top an astronaut.

  • Gavin

    “The 1993 alumnus”? Did not expect that.

    Alumnus is the masculine singular form (plural ‘alumni’) and the feminine singular noun is alumna (plural ‘alumnae’).

    • davidallen909

      Good catch. I wondered briefly if there was a masculine/feminine with alums but just kept typing.