White House press secretary and political analyst Dee Dee Myers advised graduates from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Classes of 2005 to take risks, expect the unexpected—including failure—and learn from mistakes at the Colleges' Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 15. The Finger Lakes Times covered the graduation and interviewed Myers.
It's difficult “to tell [graduates] something that they will really learn through experience,” she's quoted as saying to Times reporter Sujata Gupta.
At the ceremonies, Myers told graduates, “By finishing college, you now have access to the kinds of opportunities reserved only for those with degrees. Today, you have options you simply didn’t have yesterday.”
The ceremony marked the 180th Commencement for Hobart College and the 94th for William Smith College. A total of 433 bachelor’s degrees were awarded to 172 students from Hobart College and 261 from William Smith College. Hobart and William Smith Colleges awarded seven Master of Arts in Teaching degrees to the first of the program’s graduates.
[The Finger Lakes Times article is available at http://www.hws.edu/news/update/showwebclip.asp?webclipid=2157; A full transcript of Myers' speech is available at http://www.hws.edu/news/speakers/transcripts/myerscomm2005.asp; a photo gallery from Commencement 2005 is available at http://www.hws.edu/academics/registrar/commencement/2005photos.asp.]
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