Hartwick Commencement Events to Take Place May 27-28

May 17, 2011

Hartwick College will celebrate the Class of 2011 May 28 during the College's 80th Commencement exercises. Faculty, staff, family, and friends will gather at 11:30 a.m. under a gala tent on Elmore Field to recognize graduates' achievements throughout their academic careers.

"The Hartwick community looks forward to celebrating the Class of 2011 and their many achievements," Commencement Coordinators Director of Social Issues and Wellness Education Tara Loewenguth and Registrar and Director of the Office of Advising and Registration Matt Sanford said. "Commencement weekend is a memorable moment for our graduating seniors, their families, and their friends. We are all proud of their many accomplishments."

The weekend-long celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, with this year's Baccalaureate ceremony at the Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market St. in Oneonta. A Hartwick tradition, student speakers Justin Pedersen '11, Heather Quarles '11, Brian Terbush '11, and Ben Wronkoski '11 will reflect on their time at Hartwick, and will join Associate Professor of English Lisa Darien, who will offer parting words of wisdom to graduates. Tickets are not required for Baccalaureate.

Following Baccalaureate, graduates and their families are invited to celebrate the countdown the Commencement during 1 To Go, sponsored by the Hartwick College Alumni Association. The gathering will honor the Class of 2011 from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. with dessert, a cash bar, and dancing in Stack Lounge, Dewar Union.

On Saturday, May 28, this year's 315 graduates will take their first steps as Hartwick alumni during Commencement ceremonies.

Dr. Gilbert Howlett Smith '59 will address graduates, their families, and friends as Hartwick's 2011 Commencement speaker. Smith, who is head senior investigator of mammary stem cell biology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, develops and investigates biological models designed to reveal the cellular, molecular, and genetic basis for breast cancer and focuses on using stem cells to induce cancer cells to become normal cells. Through the past 45 years, he has held numerous positions at the National Cancer Institute, including research biologist, head of ultrastructural research, senior investigator in the laboratory of biology, senior investigator in molecular genetics, senior investigator in oncogenetics, and chief senior investigator in mammary stem cell biology.

Click here for more about Dr. Gilbert Howlett Smith '59.

Full Commencement-weekend details, as well as information about how to view the ceremony via webcast, can be found on our Commencement website at

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