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Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress and the first woman and the first African American to hold the position, will be the 2021 Commencement speaker, and receive an honorary degree and the Elizabeth Blackwell Award. On Sunday, May 16, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will deliver the keynote address during the exercises for the 196th

Master’s of Teaching students Claire Abelson ’20, MAT ’21 and Sophie Ritter ’20, MAT ’21 focus on inclusive theatre. The Colleges’ first video streaming production Tone a Blind Eye was recently released on demand. All audiences can enjoy the performance through accessible design features, including closed captioning and audio description, thanks to the accessibility team

LGBTQ+ seniors and allies celebrate Commencement at the 2021 Lavender Graduation. On Saturday, May 1, the annual Lavender Graduation will celebrate the Colleges’ LGBTQ+ community and allied students who are graduating this year. Sponsored by the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, the Lavender Graduation ceremony will include a presentation featuring keynote speaker Felipe Estefan ’08. The ceremony,

HWS welcomed the first cohort of STEM Scholars this month, celebrating the launch of the new program supporting racially and ethnically underrepresented scholars in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In March, 15 HWS students were inducted to the new STEM Scholars program, which is designed “to elevate and recognize the importance and value of historically

This month, HWS will host a performance by singer and composer Mary Lambert, followed by a discussion on authenticity, mental health awareness and LGBTQ+ lived experiences. On Tuesday, April 20, Grammy-nominated singer and composer Mary Lambert will join the Hobart and William Smith Colleges community for a virtual performance. The event, titled “I Can’t Change”

“Everything happening nationally is happening locally, and we need these discussions about nonviolent communication and capacity building so we can be stewards of public good. This workshop is an important step toward cultivating understanding across political and ideological differences on how we approach issues of racial justice.”

The HWS community held a unity rally and vigil on Monday, April 5 on the steps of Coxe Hall. On Monday, HWS community members gathered on the steps of Coxe Hall for a unity rally and vigil to call for an end to the surge in anti-Asian racism and violence. The vigil was organized by

Zaheer Bowen ‘23 and Irini Konstantinou ’23 have been elected by their peers to become voting members of the Board of Trustees. Zaheer Bowen ’23 and Irini Konstantinou ’23 have been elected by their peers to serve as Junior Student Trustees. By senior year, Konstantinou and Bowen will become voting members of the Board of

Hobart and William Smith welcome writer, director, actor and musician Chad Sanders for a virtual discussion of his new book Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph. On Wednesday, March 24, HWS will host a discussion with writer, director, actor and musician Chad Sanders. Sanders’ new book, Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned

Myles Hunt ’11 has authored a children’s book titled J.W. The Deaf Drummer. The story follows J.W., a deaf musician, as he teaches friends how he communicates and lives in a hearing world. Author and creative visionary Myles Hunt ’11 has released his first children’s book, J.W. The Deaf Drummer. The story follows the main