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Hartwick 2017 Commencement Events Planned for May 18-20

May 1, 2017

On Saturday, May 20, Hartwick College will celebrate the Class of 2017 during its 86th Commencement exercise. Faculty, staff, family, and friends will gather at 11:30 a.m. on Elmore Field to recognize graduates’ accomplishments throughout their time spent at the College.

“The Hartwick community looks forward to celebrating the members of the Class of 2017 and their many achievements,” said Commencement Co-Coordinator and Dean of Student Life Taralyn Loewenguth. “As the pinnacle event of our students’ undergraduate careers, being part of this tradition is an honor and a wonderful experience for our graduates, their families, and other guests.”

The weekend-long celebration will begin with the President’s Farewell Dinner with the senior class on Thursday evening, followed by the Senior Art Exhibition Reception, and Nurses Pinning Ceremony on Friday. The Art Reception will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Foreman Gallery in the Anderson Center for the Arts, and the Nurses Pinning Ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Lambros Arena, Binder Physical Education Center.

The Class of 2017 will convene at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19, for this year’s Baccalaureate Celebration in Lambros Arena, Binder Physical Education Center. A Hartwick tradition, Baccalaureate student speakers Jenny McInerney ’17, Sierra Meads ’17, and Taylor Prusinowski ’17 will reflect on their time at Hartwick, and will be joined by Professor of Nursing Theresa Turick-Gibson, who will offer parting words of wisdom to the soon-to-be graduates.

On Saturday, May 20, this year’s 392 degree candidates will undertake the transition from Hartwick students to Hartwick alumni during the College’s 86th Commencement.

Hartwick College’s 2017 Commencement speaker will be photographer Hilary Duffy ’91. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, she began her photography career in news and travel for The Tico Times newspaper while living in Costa Rica. A graduate of the International Center of Photography’s Photojournalism/Documentary Program in 2000, she later assisted the Maine Photo Workshops in Havana. Compelled to share photography with local youth, she developed a photo library and directed the Havana Youth Photo course in 2003.

A recipient of the ICP/Johnson & Johnson Fellowship in 2002, Duffy completed an assignment on non-governmental organizations (NGO) at the U.S.-Mexico border, which led to subsequent foreign assignments on NGOs in the U.S., Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and tsunami-affected regions. She has documented the plight and rehabilitation of street children for Casa Alianza Mexico & Central America. Frequent collaborations have allowed her to pursue her passion as a socially concerned photographer.

Also at the ceremony, technology leader Rory Read ’83, P’09 will be presented with an honorary doctor of laws degree. He is the chief integration officer of Dell Technologies, responsible for leading the combination of Dell and EMC to create the world’s largest privately-controlled technology company. In this capacity, he oversees the integration of Dell and EMC, sets the strategy, and leads the cross-functional teams that are managing due diligence and integration planning. Read also serves as Chief Operating Officer, Dell EMC. In this role, he leads strategy and planning and drives execution operations for the Dell EMC combined Infrastructure Solutions Group.

Guests and family members who are not able to be on campus to celebrate with students can view the ceremony via Hartwick’s YouTube Channel.

Additional Commencement weekend details can be found on the Hartwick College Commencement website. For additional information, contact Commencement Co-Coordinators Loewenguth at 607-431-4152 or Paul Habernig at 607-431-4874, or