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Hobart Heralds Tradition

This year marks the 190th celebration of Charter Day for Hobart College, the day that acknowledges the creation of the 1822 provisional charter from the State Regents of New York bringing Hobart College into existence. 

Attorney Matt Simpson ’04 will return to campus to address fellow Statesmen as part of the day’s events. During the traditional ceremony, Simpson will speak about his work in human rights and his work as an attorney at 10:45 a.m. in St. John’s Chapel on Saturday, April 21.

In his work at the pro bono firm Public International Law & Policy Group, Simpson has spent the past several years as one of only two accredited legal advisers to the Darfurian delegation negotiating a peace agreement with the Government of Sudan as part of the United Nations/African Union Darfur Peace Process. He also recently rejoined the private sector at the international business law firm, Torys, LLP, where his practice focuses on international business transactions, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions. 

Simpson received a B.A. in economics and another in critical social studies. On campus, he was a member of the sailing team, president of his senior class, and a member of Chimera and Orange Key. He went on to earn a law degree and a master’s of international affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.

In keeping with Hobart tradition, the annual Benjamin Hale dinner will take place on Friday, April 20, at 6:15 p.m. in the Vandervort Room to further commemorate the legacy of Hobart. Named for a former president of Hobart College, the dinner acknowledges the men who have helped to create the College and celebrates the work of current students with academic awards and various laurels.

This year, the dinner will welcome recent graduate Cliff Gardner ’10, who currently serves as an orientation coordinator at The Doe Fund in New York City, a nonprofit organization that seeks to rehabilitate homeless men. Gardner hopes that he will be able to inspire others to give back to their communities and help those less fortunate.

Gardner earned a B.A. in history. He won a number of awards for leadership and civic engagement, including the President’s Civic Engagement Award. On campus, he worked at the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Higher Education Opportunity Program. Additionally, he served as the student director of the Masculinities Workshop for Hobart Associate Dean Chip Capraro.