GENEVA, N.Y.-Hobart and William Smith Colleges will begin the new academic year, welcoming the outstanding incoming classes of 2005 on Friday, August 24. The incoming classes total 556 students; 320 women will enter William Smith College and 236 men will enter Hobart College.
These students exemplify the Colleges' high standard of academic excellence while continuing the Colleges' ambitious emphasis on international study and community service. The classes of 2005 come from top standing in their graduating high school classes, hailing from 32 states and around the world including Senegal, Japan, France, and India. On Saturday, August 25, the new students will display their commitment to community service as they spend most of the day painting, cleaning, and landscaping at more than 30 churches, museums, cemeteries, schools, and libraries in the Finger Lakes region.
“The Hobart and William Smith community anxiously awaits the arrival of these great students,” said President Mark D. Gearan. “They are an exceptional mix of athletes, artists, and student leaders who are welcomed and encouraged to make this place their own.”
President Gearan and his wife, Mary Herlihy Gearan, will greet the new students and their families from 9 a.m. until noon on Friday.
The new students will quickly discover the vitality that exists on campus. Madeleine K. Albright, the former Secretary of State, will kick off the academic year as this year's convocation speaker and recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award, which is given to women who have made a considerable contribution of service to humankind. The ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, on the Hobart Quadrangle. (More information on the ceremony can be found on the HWS Web site www.hws.edu)
The Colleges' opening weekend will conclude on Sunday night with Hobart Dean Clarence Butler and William Smith Dean Debra DeMeis hosting a semi-formal dinner for the new students.
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