Seniors Kelly Biggs and Brian Burbank greet faculty, friends and family after the Classes of 2011 received their diplomas.
Kelsey Bair '11 shares her excitement
her mother, Laura Bair, following
commencement. Bair, of Cranbury, N.J.,
graduated cum laude with degrees in political
science and American studies.
"Your generation is one that lives on the brink of possibilities, on the brink of open horizons," said Patrick Corvington, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, as he delivered the 2011 Commencement Address. "Anything you choose to do, you can do."
In his Valedictory Address, Colleges President Mark D. Gearan continued the theme of service and working together to make change. "You must take on the mantle of being global citizens. Our interdependent world needs you," Gearan said.
The Classes of 2011 included 296 William Smith undergraduates, 209 Hobart undergraduates, seven MAT students, and one Ontario ARC College Experience student. This ceremony was the 186th Commencement of Hobart College and the 100th Commencement of William Smith College. During the ceremonies, former Dean of William Smith College Cerri Banks HON'09, along with members of the platform party and faculty, wore a special badge with the number "100" printed on it to commemorate the historic event for William Smith.
The Classes of 2011, led by President Mark D. Gearan and Dean Eugen Baer HON '07 and former Dean Cerri Banks HON '09, begin the traditional walk to Houghton House for the Senior Dinner. Photo galleries from Senior Week and Commencement can be found on hws.edu/news/ commencement2011.aspx.
Jessica Greger '11 and Caleb Campbell '11 also addressed the crowd. "Really tough days will come along and test what's truly inside of you," said Greger. "You must rise up and face these days, take on these challenges with all that you have—including your education and your experiences here at HWS."
Rita Fields, a retired assistant principal studies.
from Bronx, N.Y.,
congratulates her former second-grade student, Walter Cruz '11, during
the Saturday night reception at the President's House. Fields was a
recipient of The Touching the Future Award.
Echoing Corvington's Commencement Address, Campbell said, "I do not believe that change is inevitable. I believe, as Patrick Corvington does, that change is a choice. I believe if we want to view the world differently then we must choose to do so. If we want to change the way we live our lives then we must choose to do so."
On behalf of the Colleges' Board of Trustees, Gearan presented honorary degrees to Corvington; Makiko Tanaka, president of the Tanaka Memorial Foundation, for her visionary leadership and commitment to cross-cultural innovation, including programs that have significantly benefitted the Colleges and its students; Thomas J. Burr, the current director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and James Hunter, the past director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, for their leadership of the many professors and technicians who have mentored HWS students over the years, and for their perseverance in creating a sustainable model of agriculture; and Teresa Amott, current president of Knox College and former HWS provost and dean of faculty, for her great passion and skilled leadership that has shaped the current and future nature of the Colleges' academic program.