With Commencement less than a month away, the Stewardson Society is offering seniors an opportunity to come together to celebrate their HWS experience-and a chance to meet a challenge.
On Friday, April 23, the HWS Board of Trustees will host “The 23 Days Party,” a formal cocktail reception for members of the Stewardson Society, on the Scandling Campus Center patio at 5 p.m.
With a gift of $20.10 to the Annual Fund, seniors not only establish the legacy of their Classes but establish themselves as official members of the Stewardson Society, gaining access to exclusive senior events and end-of-the-year celebrations, like “The 23 Days Party.” In addition, a gift of $50 will earn seniors special recognition at the leadership level, the Emerson Society, and qualifies the donor for invitations to special events and communications post-graduation.
However, participation will also help meet the challenge issued by Chair of the Board of Trustees David Deming ’75, who has agreed to match the senior class gift based on these participation rates:
50% Participation = 1:1 gift ratio
70% Participation = 2:1 gift ratio
90% Participation = 4:1 gift ratio
100% Participation= 5:1 gift ratio
To date, 45 percent of the senior classes have left their mark with a gift to the Annual Fund-80 gifts from Hobart students (35 percent participation), 137 from William Smith (55 percent participation). The Stewardson Society needs approximately 25 additional seniors to donate in order for Deming to double the senior Classes’ gift.
Named for the first president of the combined Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Stewardson Society immortalizes Reverend Langdon Stewardson’s dedication in bringing Hobart and William Smith Colleges together. The Stewardson Society itself brings together members of the senior classes to present a gift to the Colleges in honor of their impending graduation. This tradition unites the seniors with the alums who have preceded them and supported their experience and connects them to the current students who follow.