The Classes of 2007 kicked off their final weekend as undergraduates with a lively and festive Senior Dinner May 9 at Houghton House. The evening opened with remarks by Hobart speaker Nathan Kress, who wished his classmates well and urged them to support the class gift; and William Smith’s Kacy Cerasoli, who asked all to create a blueprint of their lives that would help define their success in the future.
Faculty speaker Tom Drennen, of the economics department, mixed serious advice about opening up a retirement account with lighthearted comic observations about the squirrels on campus. In the end, he urged students to follow their passion.
“Whatever your passion is—pursue it. You have to love what you are doing,” he said. “Don’t feel stuck in a job you don’t like. Don’t give up.”
In a champagne toast at the Sunken Gardens, President Mark D. Gearan praised the Classes of 2007 for making Hobart and William Smith Colleges a better place since their arrival four years ago. He touted their dedicated academic achievement, fervent commitment to the Geneva community and vibrant spirit. Gearan then fired up his electric keyboard and dove into a crowd-pleasing set of rock-n-roll with the President's Garage Band.
The group includes faculty members Bill Waller, horn; Kevin Dunn, bass guitar; Nick Ruth, drums; Jim Spates, lead vocals; Elena Ciletti and Jo Beth Mertens, backup vocals; staff member Stan Weaver, vocals; and original band member and garage owner Jamie Ward, guitar. Additional vocals were provided by deans Debra DeMeis and Eugen Baer, and Chaplain Lesley Adams with a special appearance from Betty Walther from Saga.
During the evening, senior Alfred Croteau organized an illumination ceremony similar to those enjoyed by incoming classes during Orientation. The Classes of 2007 were not able to have an illumination ceremony when they arrived on campus four years ago, due to poor weather. The ceremony involves students lighting candles and forming the final two digits of their class year as a symbol of their unity.