Classes Welcomed at Brunch, Launch – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Classes Welcomed at Brunch, Launch

As Commencement approaches, the Classes of 2013 will participate in two of the Colleges’ richest traditions – Hobart Launch and the William Smith Senior Welcome Brunch. In each of the ceremonies, the men and women of HWS will be welcomed into the Alumnae and Alumni Associations, forever connecting each graduate to institution.

The William Smith Senior Welcome Brunch will formally welcome the women of the Class of 2013 into the ranks of exceptional William Smith alumnae on Tuesday, May 14, at noon. At a brunch and full program in the Vandervort Room, members of faculty and staff will join alumnae and parents in congratulating and lauding the class’ myriad accomplishments.

Addressing her fellow Herons will be Kathy Ford ’80, P’13. In addition having a daughter, Molly Krifka ’13, in the graduating class, Ford is also the daughter of a Hobart graduate, Bob Ford ’54. Ford joins members of William Smith to toast to the future and offer her own advise to the graduates.

Ford earned her B.A. in Individual Studies: Design Perspectives. In the years since her graduation, Ford has remained a major supporter of the Colleges and a loyal William Smith alumna. She serves as Principal at Ford Gillen Architects in Amherst, Mass., and has had significant experience with adaptive re-use projects in both Massachusetts and NYC.

Hobart Launch will begin on Friday, May 17, at 3:30 p.m. After gathering at the top of the path leading down to Seneca Lake, Hobart students, parents and alumni will process to the Bozzuto Boathouse. Distinguished alumni and members of faculty and staff will address the Hobart Class of 2013 before presenting the men with a replica of the paddle used by the legendary Seneca Indian warrior Agayentah.

Scott Mason’81, P’13 will deliver the event’s keynote talk, offering his own reflects on his time at the Colleges and his outlook on what’s to come for the soon-to-be-graduates. As a parent of Andrew Mason ’13, a member of this year’s graduating class, Mason also has close ties to the 2013 Statesmen.

Mason graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in history. On campus, he was a brother in the Sigma Chi fraternity and played on the Statesmen’s hockey team. He is now the founder and president of Rubicon Wealth Management, LLC, which oversees business development, as well as establishes asset allocation strategy and investment policy for clients. 

Since graduating, Mason has served the Colleges as an admissions volunteer, and is a current Member of the SAA Board of Directors.  He remains an avid advocate and benefactor of the Statesmen, and recently took part in the 50th Anniversary celebration of Hobart Hockey.