The Hobart Alumni Association will officially welcome the Class of 2019 to its ranks at the annual Hobart Launch ceremony on Friday, May 17.
At 3 p.m., Hobart seniors will gather at the top of the path to Bozzuto Boathouse and proceed down to the lake, where retired Central Intelligence Agency officer John Sipher ’83, P’19 will deliver the event’s traditional address.
During his 28-year tenure in the C.I.A.’s National Clandestine Service, Sipher served multiple tours overseas, working with foreign and domestic partners to solve national security challenges. He served as Chief of Station and Deputy Chief of Station in Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, the Balkans, and South Asia. As an expert on national security and intelligence issues, Sipher has been featured recently in a number of media outlets including the New York Times, NPR and The Atlantic on issues around Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and ongoing intelligence efforts. Most recently, Sipher cofounded Spycraft Entertainment, which works to provide espionage-related content to Hollywood, and produce both scripted and unscripted TV series and movies.
After an introduction from Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Jared Weeden ’91, an invocation will be delivered by Julianne Miller, director of Abbe Center for Jewish Life, and Rev. Nita Byrd, the Colleges’ new chaplain.
Ryan Montbleau ’19 will give the student address.
Eric Hall Anderson ’59 will introduce the Class of 2019 correspondent, before student Trustee Gavin Gross ’19 presents the honorary class paddle.
Following a benediction from Hobart Dean Khuram Hussain, seniors will be presented with the traditional paddles.
In the event of rain, the Launch will be held in the Robert A. Bristol ’31 Field House.