As Senior Week begins, both Hobart and William Smith Colleges invite the Classes of 2012 to celebrate their respective colleges in traditional ceremonies, inviting them to become an inseparable part of the rich history of the institution. Senior women and men – as well as returning alums – are asked by the alumnae and alumni associations to take part in the William Smith Senior Welcome Brunch and the Hobart Launch.
The William Smith Alumnae Association welcomes senior women to join their classmates and fellow alumnae for the 35th Annual Senior Welcome Brunch. Celebrating the Class of 2012, the traditional toast and brunch will be held on Tuesday, May 8. Beginning at 11 a.m., William Smith women are invited to attend a brunch in Vandervort Room, with a welcome from Director of Alumnae Relations Kathy Killius Regan ’82, P’13 commencing at 11:30 a.m.
The brunch will also feature a congratulation and Alumnae Association welcome from Board of Trustees Chair-Elect Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, who will provide the keynote address. Other speakers include Susan Flanders Cushman ’98, President of the Alumnae Association and Director of Introductory Biology Laboratories at the Colleges, who will present association awards and student speaker Colleen O’Hara ’12.
Due to inclement weather, the traditional tree planting – held in honor of college founder and nurseryman William Smith – will be held later in the week.
The Hobart Launch will be held on Friday, May 11, at 4:30 p.m., with alumni gathering no later than 4:15 p.m. at Bozzuto Boathouse. The ceremony, welcoming Hobart men to the Alumni Association days before commencement, marks a unity through generations and serves as a major highlight for Senior Week.
Gathering on the shores of Seneca Lake at McDaniel Lawn, the senior men will process down the hill to the docks of the boathouse where they are to be presented with a replica of the paddle used by the legendary Seneca Indian warrior Agayentah. A token of Hobart, the paddle represents the great heritage of the college and the lifelong bond Statesmen share.
“Your paddle symbolizes the end of your time as a student here at Hobart College, as well as the beginning of your membership in our alumni fraternity,” said Jared Weeden ’91, Director of Alumni Relations, at last year’s launch. “Use your paddle to make your way back to this shore as often as you can.”
Following a welcome to all seniors and alumni, Thomas J. Rosa ’86 of Syracuse, N.Y. will provide the ceremony’s keynote address. A former Statesmen All-American, Rosa currently serves as senior vice president at Davis Vision, one of the nation’s leading managed vision care organizations. Rosa received his B.A. in economics from Hobart, and was an integral member of both the Hobart football and lacrosse teams.