Hartwick Commencement Events Planned for May 19-21
On Saturday, May 21, Hartwick College will celebrate the Class of 2016 during its 85th Commencement exercises. 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 2016 and their many achievements,” said Commencement 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 on Friday by the Senior Art Exhibition Reception, and Nurses Pinning Ceremony. 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 2016 will convene at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20, for this year’s Baccalaureate Celebration in Lambros Arena, Binder Physical Education Center. A Hartwick tradition, Baccalaureate student speakers Amanda Robinson ’16, Noah Jager ’16, and Lauren O’Brien ’16 will reflect on their time at Hartwick, and will be joined by Associate Professor of Education Dr. Mark Davies, who will offer parting words of wisdom to the soon-to-be graduates.
On Saturday, May 21, this year’s 343 degree candidates will undertake the transition from Hartwick students to Hartwick alumni during the College’s 85th Commencement exercise.
Hartwick College’s 2016 Commencement speaker will be Ambassador of the United States of America George Bruno ’64, H’96, PA’11, Retired. A tireless champion for civil rights and democracy across the globe, he served as President Bill Clinton’s Ambassador to Belize from 1994 to 1997. Today, he manages LawServe, a global immigration law firm in Manchester, NH, and is a principal in USA Group International, providing consulting services to individuals, governments, and private business. His storied career as an attorney and public servant includes successfully arguing a case before the Supreme Court at age 29 to protect Social Security rights, an appointment as Assistant Director of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys in the Department, and as Senior Advisor in the Army’s international office, among many other accomplishments. He has been awarded an honorary degree (1996) and President’s Award for Liberal Arts in Practice (2011) from Hartwick College, and the Daniel Webster international Lawyer of the Year from the NH Bar Association (2014) – among others.
Guests and family members who are not able to be here to celebrate with students can view the ceremony as a Live Event on Hartwick’s YouTube Channel.