In recognition of exemplary service and achievement, Hobart and William Smith conferred three honorary degrees during the 2018 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13 to individuals who exemplify the values set forth by the institution’s founders and reflect the spirit of the HWS community.
Coverage of Commencement 2018, including photo galleries and videos can be found here.
This year’s honorary degree recipients included: Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68, chair of the Board of Trustees and CEO and chair of the Bozzuto Group, Carolyn Carr McGuire ’78, former trustee and co-founder and co-chair of the Community Consulting Teams of Boston, and Dr. Garry A. Mendez Jr. ’58, P’96, the executive director of the National Trust for the Development of African American Men.
Bozzuto is the CEO and Chairman of The Bozzuto Group, which he founded in 1988, directing the development, construction and management of real estate in metropolitan areas throughout the East Coast. Bozzuto is the recipient of numerous honors including the Urban Land Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. During his more than 45-year career in real estate, Bozzuto has overseen the creation of more than 50,000 homes and apartments, garnering national renown for his leadership and vision in the industry. A committed supporter of Hobart and William Smith, Bozzuto has served on the HWS Board of Trustees since 2000, was the lead donor in the construction of the Colleges’ boathouse named for his father and, with his wife Barbara, he established the Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68 Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Bozzuto Family First-Generation Endowed Scholarship, and the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
Carr McGuire is co-founder of Community Consulting Teams of Boston, an all-volunteer organization that connects MBA graduates with non-profits for consulting services, helping them better serve their constituents and amplifying their impact. She has served on the organization’s board for many years, including terms as chair and vice chair, and now as board co-chair. A loyal alumna, Carr McGuire guided the Colleges as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2017, including a term as vice chair. She was a driving force in the creation of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts. In 2005, she and her husband Terry McGuire ’78 established the Carolyn Carr McGuire ’78 Endowed Scholarship. In 2007, they endowed the Carr McGuire House, preserving the historic former Sigma Chi fraternity while providing a substance-free residence option for students with a guest suite for visiting scholars.
An expert on the intersection of crime, incarceration and public policy, and their effects on black communities, Mendez was director of the National Urban League’s Administration of Justice in New York City, where he developed the organization’s Crime Prevention programs. In 1989, he founded and now serves as the executive director of the National Trust for the Development of African American Men, which is committed to “restoring the values, dignity and vibrant culture in African American communities.” Mendez currently works with the Embassy of Cape Verde to assist men who have been deported to their country of birth after living most of their lives in the United States. He is a board member of Brownsville Think Tank Matters, a community service and youth empowerment nonprofit in Brooklyn, and served as a clinical associate professor at Stony Brook University.
The Commencement address was delivered by John Grotzinger ’79, Sc.D. ’13, the mission leader and project scientist for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory. Read more about Grotzinger’s career here.