The abundant sunshine made the porch of Comstock Dining Hall a perfect setting for the start of the annual celebration of the William Smith Senior Brunch, held Tuesday morning. Members of the Class of 2007 later filled the dining room to hear an address by Susan F. Cushman ’98, a recent addition to the Colleges’ biology faculty.
“There’s a big world out there with many potential paths to take,” she said. “William Smith has prepared you well for this.” Cushman, who holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland, reflected on the importance of the friendships she made during her undergraduate career, relationships she praised as “rich with a common experience of William Smith history.”
Jane Erickson ’07 gave the student address. “If there’s one word to sum up our careers at William Smith, it’s purpose,” said the Fulbright award recipient. “The Colleges have instilled this within us, to see ourselves as part of this larger world, as women of consequence. It is time to give back from the things we have learned.”
During the event, several awards were given to distinguished members of the graduating class. These included the William Smith Congress Award, given to Erickson; the Betsy Mitchell ’65 award, given to Kyra Tobin ’07; the Elizabeth Eaton White ’33 Award, given to Kate Ustach ’07; the Elizabeth Herendeen O’Dell ’22 Award, given to Stephanie Feinman ’07 and the Leadership Award, given to Ustach.