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For academically accomplished students, there is no higher recognition than admission to Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States. Of nearly 300 PBK chapters nationwide, Zeta of New York was the 23rd founded, making it older than many American colleges and universities.

Rising sophomore Samari Brown ’24 looks back at her first year at the Colleges, including how she found her passion for theatre. Brown wrote for and performed in the fall production “Supernatural Saunter.” This summer, as a research assistant in the Theatre Department, she is studying famous BIPOC members of the Geneva community and writing

Rising sophomore Reece Wilson ’24 answers questions about the first-year student experience. A Sutton Trust Scholar, Wilson is an international student from Kelty, Scotland. On campus, he joined the International Student Association, co-launched the HWS chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, a collegiate business career organization and won a prize at their annual Future Business Leaders Conference.

Stephen Ponticiello ’21 will attend Cornell Law School in the fall to study medical malpractice law.

This spring, the HWS Debate team hosted the HWS Round Robin, a major tournament on the international circuit.

In a new Media & Society course, HWS students explore the cultural contexts of video games — and produce games of their own.

Graduating magna cum laude in biology with a minor in economics, Amelia Smith ’21 has landed an internship with the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, where she hopes to affect environmental policy on Capitol Hill.

Hobart and William Smith recognize students, faculty and partners in Geneva for their investment in the local community.

“My First-Year Seminar (FSEM) was “Genocide in the Modern Age” taught by Professor Richard Salter. It was a unique experience as it allowed me to get to know my advisor and provided a good foundation to succeed at HWS. Professor Salter focused on each of us as individuals, which made his advising process more personal.”

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