Bicentennial Year Commencement – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Bicentennial Year Commencement

As senior week begins, the Colleges prepare to send off the Classes of 2022.

Having persevered through COVID-19 protocols, the HWS Classes of 2022 will soon don their caps and gowns — but not before a week of festivities, including the annual Senior Dinner.

Following Senior Week 2022, soon-to-be graduates will join their families, friends and the HWS community on Sunday, May 22 at 10 a.m. for the 111th graduation for William Smith and the 197th graduation for Hobart. In this Bicentennial year, the Colleges celebrate 506 undergraduates, 10 Master of Arts in Teaching candidates, the first cohort of 14 Master of Science in Management candidates and one College Experience certificate candidate.

Dr. Christopher Beyrer ’81,an epidemiologist and HIV/AIDS expert, recently named Director of the Duke University Global Health Institute, will deliver the Commencement address. Alongside Beyrer, HWS will award honorary degrees to William Smith Head Soccer Coach Aliceann Wilber P’13, the winningest coach in Division III Women’s Soccer, and celebrated singer, songwriter and musician Eric Andersen ’65. After the invasion of Ukraine, President Joyce P. Jacobsen joined more than 20 colleges and universities across the nation in announcing that HWS will also award Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy an honorary degree in absentia.

At Commencement, President Jacobsen will deliver the valedictory address, following the traditional senior addresses, this year from Mary Mazzarella ’22 and Caleb Austin ’22.

The Colleges will also recognize two educators for their impact on graduating seniors. The annual Touching the Future awards recognize teachers from elementary, middle or high school who supported graduates before they arrived at the Colleges. This year’s recipients are Tammie Borland, New Visions Medical Program Instructor at St. Peters Health Partners in West Sand Lake, N.Y. (nominated by Madison Hasbrouck ’22), and Parvin Taraz Ed.D., Director of Curriculum at Wooster School in Danbury, Conn. (nominated by student Trustee Gib Shea ’22).