Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2009
Members of the Hobart and William Smith community gathered the morning before Commencement for the annual Academic Achievement Ceremony, a celebration of the scholarly accomplishments of the Classes of 2009.
Emphasizing the Colleges' commitment to scholarship, President Mark D. Gearan opened the ceremony. "Academic excellence is at the heart of our mission, and we see this in our intellectually engaged students who enrich our campus," he said. "Our faculty members give their minds, hearts and lives to the education of our students."
Joining Gearan in honoring the Classes, Provost and Dean of Faculty Teresa Amott noted all of the hard work that goes into scholarly endeavors. "This ceremony may be short, but the effort towards these academic achievements was long and arduous. Many hours of hard work have come to fruition and will be rewarded today."
Amott presented the Technos International Prize to Christopher Slaby '09 and Bailey Meeker '09 on behalf of the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust for their outstanding academic performance and commitment to the cause of international understanding.
Professor of Chemistry and Honors Chair David Craig recognized the more than 35 HWS seniors who completed Honors, the most from any single class since the capstone program was introduced in the 1940s. "This has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience for faculty; we are extremely proud," said Craig.
Associate Professor of Economics and President of Phi Beta Kappa's Zeta of New York Chapter Judith McKinney applauded the nine Hobart and 14 William Smith inductees to the nation's most prestigious undergraduate honors organization.
Hobart College Dean and Professor of Philosophy Eugen Baer and William Smith Dean and Assistant Professor of Education Cerri Banks recognized those students who will graduate with Latin praise.
Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidates were honored by Professor of Education Mary Kelly, director of the MAT Program. These students - Christa Barnes, Maureen Clarke, Kirra Guard, Clare Morgan, Jenny Quirindongo, Ashley Snyder, Amanda Stern, Shannon Times and Shayna Times - completed the graduate program in one academic year while continuing their liberal arts studies, completing a master's project or thesis and engaging in professional activities to prepare them for teacher certification.
Amott concluded the program with gratitude for each of the students. "You honor your families, parents, professors, friends and classmates with your determination, dedication and creativity," she said. "Thank you for all the gifts you've brought us."
Photos of the event are available here.