Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan will present the Commencement Address at The Governor’s Academy, Byfield, Mass., on Sunday, May 29. The Governor’s Academy is the oldest continuously operating boarding school in America and this year will mark the 248th commencement exercises for the academy.
A national leader in public service, Gearan intends to speak to graduates about civic engagement and the significance of service.
The former director of the Peace Corps, Gearan is currently chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service and serves on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and The Partnership of Public Service. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of ServiceNation. He is the past chair of both the Annapolis Group and the National Campus Compact.
The Governor’s Academy was founded by a bequest of Governor William Dummer in 1763 and has a rich heritage. This history includes interactions with a number of famous people, from as far back as the creation of its first seal by Paul Revere and the signing of its incorporation Charter by Samuel Adams and John Hancock, to attendance by Yu Kil Chun, a famous social reformer and the first Korean to study in the West. Additionally, John Quincy Adams served as secretary to the Board of Trustees and Theophilus Parsons, a chief justice of Massachusetts and author of the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, attended the academy.