At the annual Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Hobart and William Smith honored graduating seniors and master’s of arts in teaching candidates with annual prizes from the Colleges and international partners, Latin praise, Phi Beta Kappa inductions and recognition of Honors work.
“We celebrate your accomplishments — both for the simple fact that your work on campus, in Geneva and around the world is truly impressive and deserving of celebration; but also to remind you that your rigorous pursuit of a deep, interdisciplinary education has been in preparation for the weeks, months and years ahead,” Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12 told the assembly. “You have embarked on a journey of education that will continue for the rest of your lives, and with all you have learned here at Hobart and William Smith, I have every confidence in your future success.”
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During the ceremony, Hobart Dean Khuram Hussain and William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig led the presentation of awards, recognizing the research, scholarship and creativity students have produced during their collegiate careers.
Provost and Dean of Faculty DeWayne Lucas presented the Technos International Prize, awarded by Technos College and the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust of Tokyo, to Ryan Grieco ’19 and in absentia Bixi “Becky” Zeng ’19. Awarded to outstanding HWS graduates since 1993, the prize recognizes one Hobart and one William Smith student for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to furthering international understanding and exchange.
Lucas noted that the prize “is symbolic of the close ties between Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Tanaka Educational Trust and Technos College of Tokyo, Japan. In April, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Memorial Prize was awarded in Tokyo to an outstanding student of Technos College. Today I have the privilege of presenting the Technos International Prize today on behalf of Ms. Makiko Tanaka, President, of the Tanaka Memorial Foundation and Vice Chair, of the Tanaka Educational Trust of Tokyo.”
Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department Mary Kelly delivered the presentation of the 12 MAT candidates, who Kelly said will go on to do “powerful, creative work out there in the world and will have a positive impact on the lives of young people and future generations.”
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Secretary of Zeta of New York Elana Stennett presented Phi Beta Kappa inductees —26 seniors, an additional eight members of the Classes of 2019 who were elected last year and four students from the Classes of 2020. These students were chosen, Stennett said, based on “exceptionally strong academic record and on the breadth of…individual program of study…[a] high GPA…coupled with active engagement in a range of subjects outside one’s major discipline.”
Professor of Biology and Honors Committee Chair Kristy Kenyon presented 28 students who completed the Colleges’ Honors program, which “enables students to undertake an independent research or creative arts project under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The process is arduous and demanding, but brings to most students the satisfaction of discovery,” Kenyon said.