+ Commencement 2020 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \

Messages to the Community

March 22, 2021

Dear Members of the Classes of 2020,

We are looking forward to celebrating the graduation of the incredible members of the Classes of 2020 on June 6. It’s been a long wait for this pandemic-delayed Commencement and we are thrilled we will be able to congratulate you in person. The world you entered last spring is a changed one, but it is also a world that is changing for the better because of your entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to community. We have confidence in the future because of you.

After consultation with public health authorities and the State of New York, we intend to uphold our plans and our honored tradition of holding Commencement outside on the Quad. Although the situation is subject to change pending State guidelines, it is our intention – rain or shine – to congratulate each graduate as you walk across the Coxe Hall steps. It is also our intention to allow each of you to register up to two guests to be on campus to join in this celebration. The current guidelines and protocols for large gatherings, combined with the capacity of our facilities, make it unlikely that we will be able to accommodate guests at the ceremony on the Quad, but guests will be able to watch the live stream at other sites on campus as well as to join their graduates before and after the ceremony in celebration. The Ceremony will be livestreamed via the Colleges’ website so that other friends and family anywhere in the world can also watch live that day. Your Commencement speaker, the Most Rev. Bishop Michael B. Curry ’75, and honorary degree recipients Peggy Greenawalt ’66 and G. Peter Jemison, as well as many faculty, plan to attend to share in the day.

Although we are still working through details, we will be following COVID event protocols, including mandating the use of masks, social distancing and proof of vaccination or testing for attendees. More details will be shared in the next few weeks related to these protocols. Registration information will also be available soon.

Kristen Tobey in the Office of Student Activities has been working through a plan for holding some of the traditional senior week activities beginning on Friday, June 4. Those plans will be shared along with additional Commencement day details as the spring progresses. You can find some basic info on the Commencement 2020 website.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus and celebrating your many successes and the impact you’ve had on the Colleges and on each other.

Sincerely,

Joyce P. Jacobsen
President

Mary Coffey
Provost and Dean of Faculty

Robb Flowers
Vice President for Student Affairs

COVID-19 Information and Data

Messages to the Community

Weekly Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - October 18, 2021

COVID Update and Fall Break by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - October 4, 2021

Reflections and Updates from Campus by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - September 27, 2021

COVID and Homecoming & Family Weekend Updates by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - September 20, 2021

Campus Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile and Deborah M. Drain, Director of Human Resources - September 13, 2021

Implementation of Airborne Infectious Disease Plan by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile and Deborah M. Drain, Director of Human Resources - September 9, 2021

Weekly Update to the Community by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - September 6, 2021

COVID-19 Update and Vaccination Requirements by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 30, 2021

New Positive Cases Identified by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 25, 2021

Vaccinations and COVID Cases by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 23, 2021

Community Update: First Day of Classes by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 23, 2021

COVID-19 Dashboard and Vaccination Reporting by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 16, 2021

Ontario County Transmission Rate Moved to Substantial by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 12, 2021

Update to the campus community by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 9, 2021

Ontario County Moved to Substantial Transmission by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 2, 2021

COVID-19 Safety and Management by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 2, 2021

Summer 2021 update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - July 20, 2021

Fall 2020 Message Archive

CONTACT

General questions and comments should be directed to:

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Questions regarding health issues should be directed to:

Hubbs Health Center
119 St. Clair Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: 315-781-3600
Appt. Phone: 315-781-4530
Fax: 315-781-3802