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Seniors Make Lasting Memories

On Thursday, seniors will gather for dinner, speeches and a champagne toast.

A yearly tradition, Senior Week at Hobart and William Smith culminates with the Senior Dinner. The occasion provides one last bonding opportunity for the Classes of 2021 before Commencement activities begin. At the dinner, seniors also receive important advice from a beloved member of the faculty.

This year’s Senior Dinner will take place on Thursday, May 13. The evening will begin with a blessing from The Rev. Nita C. Johnson Byrd, Dean of Spiritual Engagement and Chaplain. Seniors will also be welcomed by President Joyce P. Jacobsen and hear remarks from William Smith Dean Lisa M. Kaenzig P’22 and Hobart Dean Scott L. Brophy ’78, P’12.

Senior class presidents Carling Landeche ’21 and Tyler Yanko ’21 will also speak. Landeche will receive a B.A. in economics and international relations. On campus, she has served as a Civic Leader and coordinator for America Reads, a member of the Rotaract Club and the Public Leadership Education Network. Yanko will graduate with a B.A. in psychology. He is a member of the Hobart lacrosse team, an athletic study mentor and a residential assistant.

The senior class presidents selected this year’s faculty speaker, Associate Professor of Psychological Science Brien Ashdown. Ashdown’s scholarly interests include the study of cultural influences on adolescent and emerging adulthood social development. He also conducts research on the teaching of psychology and on advocating for and supporting early career professionals. As a cross-cultural psychologist, much of Ashdown’s research focuses on Latin America, and in particular Guatemala. At the Colleges, Ashdown has mentored and published alongside many students.

At the end of the evening, President Jacobsen will offer a Champagne Toast.

View other Commencement 2021 events here.