In a legacy defined by tradition and community, the Hobart Class of 2018 officially joined the Alumni Association during the annual Hobart Launch on Friday at the Bozzuto Boathouse. Graduates were inducted after receiving replicas of the Seneca warrior Agayentah’s paddle, a symbol of Hobart’s heritage and the shared commitment among 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.
The afternoon also included remarks from keynote speaker Robert S. Pisanelli ’00, the founder and principal of U.S. Realty Capital, who has remained dedicated to his alma mater since his time on the Hobart basketball team.
“What truly sets Hobart apart is the people who make this place so special. Since my time here, the campus has changed some and grown, but the people are the same,” said Pisanelli, who holds the fourth spot in career points from his time on the basketball team. “As you go out into the real world, know that Hobart and the connections you have made here are never far away, and use these connections to move through life. Continue to do all you can to make Hobart great and share how you feel about this special place.”
Brian Schmitt ’18 addressed his classmates. “We may go our separate ways, but the passion and commitment to continuously better ourselves as individuals— something we learned to do at Hobart and William Smith — is what will keep our bond as Statesmen alive and well.”
The Launch also marked the election of Harrison Luce ’18 as class correspondent for the Alumni Association and the appointment of Hobart Assistant Dean David J. Mapstone ’93, P’21 as an honorary member of the Hobart Class of 2018.
Hobart Dean Eugen Baer P’95, P’97, who is retiring after nearly 50 years of service, officially concluded the Launch, leading the Hobartones, alums and graduating seniors in singing the alma mater.
“The paddle makes you part of the legend of Agayentah. Let us pray that it may become a symbol for you to navigate the channels of life in the spirit of a Hobart Statesman,” Baer said. “Hip Hobart!”