In the spirit of tradition and camaraderie, the Hobart Alumni Association welcomed the Class of 2017 into its ranks during the annual Launch on Friday, May 12 at the Bozzuto Boathouse. Graduating Statesmen were presented with replicas of the Seneca warrior Agayentah’s paddle, a symbol of Hobart’s heritage and a commitment to other alumni.
“The paddles you receive today should be a reminder of the responsibility you have to nurture your alma mater. Four years for life. Four years on this beautiful campus, and now a lifetime association to your college and the generations of Statesmen who will follow you,” said Jared Weeden ’91, assistant vice president for advancement and director of alumni relations.
Trustee Craig Stine ’81, P’17, who has served for six years on the Board of Trustees, addressed the Statesmen.
“Remaining connected to HWS has truly enriched my life,” said Stine, who watched his son Jack Stine ’17 graduate on Sunday. “My liberal arts education laid the foundation for me to confidently compete in the financial world. Hard work and hustle– some may call it grit– will differentiate you in your personal journey.”
Earlier at the Commencement rehearsal, the Classes of 2017 named President Mark D. Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan as honorary members of their class, leading James Mandart ’17 to present the Gearans with the traditional Launch oar on the behalf of his fellow Statesmen. “I know that I speak for the men assembled here today in saying that we are overjoyed to claim you as two of our own,” said Mandart.
Austin Gallegos ’17 called on his classmates to recognize the fellowship they enjoy. “We are lucky that to our left and to our right are some of the most interesting people that we’ll meet. We each have our own story of how we got here and what makes us unique,” he said.
The Launch also marked the election of Matthew Skinner ’17 as class correspondent for the Alumni Association. Skinner, who delivered remarks during Commencement, was introduced by fellow class correspondent Eric Hall Anderson ’59, who has held the responsibility for 38 years.
The Class of 2017 will celebrate its fifth Reunion during the 200th anniversary of Hobart College. Hobart Dean Eugene Baer P’95, P’97 officially commenced the Launch: “May your diploma guide you into a life of consequence and may it always help you to navigate the waters of life to reach the shores of your dreams. We are all in it. You and I and we. Hip Hobart forever.”