President Mark D. Gearan kicks off the Gala event surrounded by members of the Colleges’ Chorale, which, under the direction of Professor of Music Bob Cowles, sang the Hobart alma mater.

A Night to Remember

In October, more than 2,000 alums, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered in Bristol Field House for a Gala celebrating Hobart College’s Bicentennial. The evening included musical and dance performances, reflections on the institution's history, legacy and vision, and a recognition of the impact of HWS graduates, including the announcement of the Alger L. Adams ’32 Intercultural Center.

As President Gearan said in his address that night, “Very few institutions of higher education have been in existence for 200 years. In fact, our longevity makes Hobart College one of the 50 oldest colleges and universities in the nation. The initial idea of Bishop John Henry Hobart was to create a place of higher education, and Geneva, with its bustling community on the side of a spectacular lake, was the right place to do that. And for 200 years, this beautiful place has inspired students to achieve new heights of knowledge and to go on, as our mission statement reads, to lead lives of consequence.”