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On Sunday, May 19, 2024, Hobart and William Smith celebrated Commencement 2024. 

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Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn delivered the Commencement Address. Spahn, along with three members of the HWS community, were recognized with honorary degrees: best-selling author, screenwriter and producer Jessica Knoll ’06; decorated air combat veteran and former HWS Director of Alumni Relations Lt. Col. John E. Norvell ’66, P’99, P’02; and the late HWS Trustee Michael Rawlins ’80, P’16, who served at the Walt Disney Company as Head of Enterprise Content and the Broadcast Media Design Team.

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