GENEVA, N.Y.-Congressman Rodney Freylinghuysen received the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Sunday, May 13, during the Colleges 2001 commencement celebration at the upstate New York campus. Freylinghuysen is a 1969 graduate of Hobart College who has remained active at his alma mater since graduating.
During the outdoor ceremony where 416 students received bachelor's degrees, President Mark D. Gearan recognized Freylinghuysen's dedication to our nation. “You serve your New Jersey district and our nation by championing a balanced federal budget, supporting welfare reform and efforts to secure the future of the Medicare program, and improving education,” Gearan said.
“A man of principle and deep concern for his fellow citizens, Congressman Rodney Freylinghuysen is a champion of service and a shining example to the Hobart and William Smith community of the power of dedicating oneself to bettering the circumstances of those around him. His efforts both on this campus and in Congress will leave a positive, lasting impression for years to come,” Gearan concluded in bestowing the honorary degree.
Frelinghuysen is New Jersey's senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where he serves on three subcommittees: Defense; Veterans, Housing, Environment and Independent Agencies; and Energy and Water Development. At the Colleges, he has provided outstanding leadership in fund raising efforts as the past chair of the alumni phonathon, past chair of the Hobart Alumni Fund, class agent, a leader of the reunion gift committee, and a member of the Capital Campaign steering committee. He gave convocation remarks at Hobart's 175th anniversary weekend. In 1977, and again in 1994, he was the recipient of the Alumni Citation Award.
Commencement 2001 marks the 176th Commencement for Hobart College and the 90th Commencement for William Smith College. The Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y., and are noted for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletic programs, student governments, and traditions.
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