Hobart seniors will participate in the traditional Launch ceremony on Friday, May 16, to mark their entrance into the Hobart Alumni Association. The students will gather at the benches facing Seneca Lake near McDaniels House, and then proceed to Bozzuto Boathouse for the ceremony.
“I hope the soon-to-be-graduates appreciate the many benefits of staying engaged through the Alumni Association,” says President of the Alumni Association J.B. Robinson ’96. “As wonderful as being a student at Hobart is or was, remaining engaged through the Alumni Association is similarly rewarding.” Robinson has been actively involved with the Association for more than 12 years.
“The experience has been extremely rewarding, as it has afforded me the opportunity to give back to a place that did so much for me,” he explains. “I enjoy the opportunity to interact with students, whether talking about adjusting to life in Geneva or post-college career plans. I also really value the opportunity to build relationships with Hobart alumni of various generations.”
Jason Walbourn ’96 will serve as this year’s honorary speaker at the event. During his time at HWS, Walbourn served as president of Hobart Student Government, worked as a resident adviser, and participated in numerous activities as diverse as Koshare and The Herald. He was inducted into the Druids and Phi Beta Kappa and earned several awards, including the Blair Currie Prize in Economics and the Maynard Smith Prize in Political Science. After graduating with a B.A. in political science and economics, summa cum laude, Walbourn received his J.D. from University of Minnesota. He now serves as senior litigator for Target Corporation and lives in Plymouth, Minn., with his wife and three children.
Previous alumni speakers include John Enright ’95, Paul A. Tokasz ’68, P’89, Bryan Riehl ’96, and HWS Trustees Thomas B. Poole ’61, P’91, L.H.D. ’06 and Thomas Bozzuto ’68.
Peter Bolte ’14 will present the graduating senior address at the event. Bolte is a psychology and Asian studies major with a minor in religious studies. The recipient of the Kent W. Marbury ’62 Memorial Award in lacrosse, he is the captain of the Statesmen lacrosse team and is a Statesmen Scholar. He also has been named to Dean’s list.
The Alumni Association will present each Hobart senior with the symbolic replica of Agayentah’s paddle to recognize the College’s heritage and connection to Seneca Lake. Marking the end of their time as students at HWS, the paddle serves as a reminder to graduating seniors to “return to the shore” as often as they can. Students will also receive celebratory Hobart cigars at the conclusion of the ceremony, donated each year by Bill ’85 and Larry ’92 Sherman of the Nat Sherman Cigar Company.