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Conferring Honoree Degrees

During the Colleges’ 2014 Commencement ceremony, President Mark D. Gearan presented honorary degrees to five individuals involved in the arts: Carl Fribolin; Nozomi Williams; Reynold Levy ’66; Dorothy Wickenden ’76; and Brad Falchuk ’93.

“The Colleges are proud to confer honorary degrees on five individuals whose dedication to the arts – through journalism, education, and community-building – are significant,” said President Mark D. Gearan when the honorees were announced. “As we begin construction this summer on the new Performing Arts Center, their important contributions to the arts and to the Colleges serve as inspiring examples to our graduating seniors of lives of consequence.”

The photo above features Carl Fribolin and Nozomi Williams.

An article in the Finger Lakes Times profiles  the honorary degree recipients. The full text follows.

Finger Lakes Times
Fribolin, Williams among HWS honorary degree recipients

Jim Miller • May 19, 2014

GENEVA – Hobart and William Smith Colleges awarded five honorary degrees and several other awards during Sunday’s commencement.

HWS President Mark Gearan said trustees chose to grant degrees to people involved in the arts to mark the recent groundbreaking for the Colleges’ performing arts center.

“In so doing, we celebrate the next chapter in our institutional history for the performing arts,” he said.

Honorary degrees went to Carl Fribolin; Nozomi Williams; Dr. Reynold Levy ’66; Dorothy Wickenden ’76; and Brad Falchuk ’93.

Fribolin has been active in the Finger Lakes as a philanthropist and entrepreneur for more than 70 years, supporting a host of other organizations. He served on the board of the Smith Opera House, chaired its endowment and restoration committee and served at one point as executive director. Earlier this year, he donated 35 acres of farmland to the Colleges.

Williams, widow of former Finger Lakes Times owner Sam Williams, founded the Williams Family Foundation, which has supported many community causes. She has been a major supporter of the new performing arts center and helped preserve the Smith Opera House. Levy has led several non-profit organizations, including the 92nd Street YMCA. He was president of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 2002-14.

Wickenden is executive editor of The New Yorker. Her 2011 book, “Nothing Daunted,” made The New York Times bestseller list.

Falchuk is a writer and producer who has worked on several popular television series, including “Glee.” He is also co-creator of the Young Storytellers Foundation, which helps fourth-graders in poor Los Angeles neighborhoods write their own screen- plays.

Gearan got a laugh when he presented Falchuk with his honorary degree. He said the Colleges offered it with glee.

“I’ve been waiting a year,” Gearan said.