The Hobart Dean’s Office has announced the newest members of the College’s traditional honor societies, recognizing outstanding students who, in addition to their academic accomplishments, have had significant involvement in the campus or greater Geneva community, and who have served as role models for their classmates.
Members of the spring 2020 Dean’s List have also been named.
Founded in 1903, the Hobart Druid Society, the senior class honor society, works to further the ideals of the College by promoting the values of character, loyalty and leadership. While “druid” refers to a legendary ancient Celtic priesthood in Irish and Welsh sagas, the Druids at Hobart College today are the guardians of Hobart tradition and advise the Dean of the College on matters relating to the Hobart heritage. The Druids also have taken on a new role in which they preside over the Hobart Student Government election to ensure accuracy.
The junior class honor society, also founded in 1903, is represented by a figure from Greek mythology featuring a lion’s head, a goat’s body and a serpent’s tail. Chimera Society members are chosen on the basis of character, loyalty and leadership. In addition to their academic accomplishments, they are involved in the Hobart and greater Geneva community, and serve as role models for their classmates. They also serve as ushers at the Matriculation ceremony for the entering first-year class
The sophomore class honor society draws its name from one of the Hobart College colors and one of the symbols on the Hobart College seal (the key symbolizes knowledge). Since 1923, the Orange Key society has recognized promising rising sophomores who have been campus leaders in their first year. They are also selected on the basis of character, loyalty and leadership. The Orange Key society members serve as ushers at the Matriculation ceremony for the entering first-year class.
Dean’s List recognition is the highest level of academic achievement a Hobart student can receive while attending the College. Per the Committee on Standards at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, to be selected for the Dean’s List, students must complete four full credit courses or their equivalent for the academic semester; at least three of the courses must be taken for grades, with no grades below C-; courses taken for CR/NC must receive a grade of CR; no Voluntary Withdrawals; no Incomplete initiated by the student for non-medical reason may be taken; certain Special Authorized Withdrawals; and a grade point average of 3.50 must be attained.