Henrietta Native Offers Commencement Address – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Henrietta Native Offers Commencement Address

Geneva, N.Y.-Leo H. Rhodes, III, of Henrietta, graduated today offering advice to his fellow classmates of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges classes of 2001. In his talk titled “The Value of Our Experience” Rhodes challenged his classmates to make good use of their liberal arts experience.

“The education that we have received has instilled in us a vision of a better world and has provided us with the tools that we will need in order to make that vision a reality. On this day, let us make a promise to ourselves that we carry on the Hobart and William Smith tradition of excellence by using the tools that we have been given to change the world around us,” Rhodes said to the crowd who sat outdoors at Commencement on the Hobart Quadrangle. “I challenge us all to make good on this promise, so when that day comes when we reflect back on our lives and accomplishments, we will be able to say to ourselves: “I have realized and made good use of my liberal arts experience.”

While at Hobart and William Smith Colleges Rhodes was awarded the Lewis H. Elliot Award, the Beverly Chew Award, and was inducted to the Orange Key, Chimera, and Druid Honor Societies in recognition of his academic achievements, community service, and leadership on campus. He has also participated in the Colleges Jazz Ensemble, Koshare Dance Collective, and played Statesmen football. Rhodes majored in economics and holds minors in history and music. In addition, he worked for the Colleges residential education department and in the office of career development.

Rhodes, the son of Mr. Leo H. Rhodes, Jr., of Henrietta, has accepted a position in the management program with M&T Bank in Buffalo, N.Y.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. C the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also 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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