2021 Commencement


Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden Named HWS Commencement Speaker and Blackwell Recipient

On Sunday, May 16, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will deliver the keynote address during the exercises for the 196th Commencement of Hobart College and the 110th Commencement of William Smith College. Nominated to the position by President Barack Obama, Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on Sept. 14, 2016, becoming the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library.

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2021 Honorary Degree Recipients


Honorary Degree Recipients Announced for Commencement 2021; HWS to Celebrate Two Commencements this Year

During in-person Commencement exercises for the Classes of 2021, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will recognize the achievements of graduating seniors and present three extraordinary public servants with the institution’s highest honor.

On Sunday, May 16, HWS will award honorary doctorates to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Director of Public Health for Ontario County Mary Beer, and Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva and the Geneva Community Center Chris Lavin ’81.

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Messages to the Community

Commencement 2021 Updates by Director of Student Activities Kristen L. Tobey - April 29, 2021

Commencement 2021 by Director of Student Activities Kristen L. Tobey - April 23, 2021

Commencement 2021 by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - March 19, 2021


Commencement Stream

Commencement 2021 will be streamed live on Sunday, May 16 starting at 10 a.m.


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