+ Commencement 2021 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Having persevered through an unprecedented academic year, the Classes of 2021 received their diplomas during an in-person ceremony held on the Quad. The “once-in-a-lifetime” challenges of the pandemic have been a dramatic test of resiliency for this year’s graduates, as well as a “catalyst for thinking about the nature of work, what is important in

During Commencement weekend, graduating students, their families and members of the HWS community took time to celebrate, reflect and give thanks during the annual Baccalaureate ceremony. With prayer and music, the 2021 Baccalaureate ceremony highlighted the personal and spiritual journeys of members of the HWS community. In her keynote Baccalaureate Address, Associate Professor Emerita of

HWS seniors gathered for dinner, speeches and a champagne toast. Senior Week at Hobart and William Smith culminated with the traditional Senior Dinner on Thursday, a final bonding opportunity for the Classes of 2021 before Commencement. The evening began with a blessing from The Rev. Nita C. Johnson Byrd, Dean of Spiritual Engagement and Chaplain,

With their degrees, Master of Arts in Teaching graduates can now apply for state teaching certification. At this year’s Commencement, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will confer Master of Arts in Teaching degrees to 10 students: Claire Abelson ’20, MAT ’21, Gavin Flood ’20, MAT ’21, Sophie Kaufman ’20, MAT ’21, Sarah Linsner ’20, MAT

The Colleges celebrated the graduation of the fifth cohort of students who came to HWS through the renowned college access and youth leadership program. Hobart and William Smith celebrated graduating seniors who are part of the fifth cohort of Posse Scholars at the Colleges on Saturday, May 15. As Posse Scholars, the students are part

The First Generation Initiative (HWS FGI) honored seniors who are the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college. HWS First Generation Students are trailblazers, the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college or university in the United States. Before the Classes of 2021 made their final walk across the

On Thursday, seniors will gather for dinner, speeches and a champagne toast. A yearly tradition, Senior Week at Hobart and William Smith culminates with the Senior Dinner. The occasion provides one last bonding opportunity for the Classes of 2021 before Commencement activities begin. At the dinner, seniors also receive important advice from a beloved member

At the Hobart Launch, alumni celebrate members of the Class of 2021. On Friday, May 14, the Hobart College Alumni Association will officially welcome graduating seniors at the annual Hobart Launch. The traditional celebration, which begins at 1 p.m. on Stern Lawn, includes the presentation of senior gifts and remarks from HWS alum leadership. “This

 At the annual William Smith Toast, alumnae celebrate members of the Class of 2021. The William Smith College Alumnae Association will officially welcome graduating seniors at the 44th annual William Smith Toast on Friday, May 14. The celebration, which begins at 10:30 a.m. on the William Smith Hill, includes the presentation of senior gifts and

Associate Professor Emerita of Africana Studies Marilyn Jiménez P’12 will deliver the Baccalaureate address to the Classes of 2021. The Baccalaureate tradition creates space for the graduating classes, their families and members of the HWS community to come together for prayer, gratitude and music during Commencement weekend. The event will take place on Saturday, May