Hartwick School’s 2022 Graduation Workouts marked quite a lot of essential occasions in its 225-year historical past.
In the present day’s ceremony acknowledged graduates of the School’s first grasp’s diploma program. It served as the ultimate Hartwick School Graduation underneath President Margaret L. Drugovich P’12, who’s retiring after 14 years on the helm. And for the primary time in three years, the Hartwick Group was capable of collect underneath a gala tent on Elmore Discipline to have a good time a category’s transition from college students to alumni.
A whole lot braved close to 90-degree warmth to convene excessive above the Metropolis of Oneonta and have a good time the scholars’ accomplishments, watch them obtain their levels, and participate within the momentous event.
After the Broome County Celtic Pipes and Drums led the celebratory march of graduates, college, and workers into the flag-festooned tent, the celebration started like all such Hartwick gatherings. President Drugovich held aloft the Hartwick Bell and declared with an enthusiastic ring, “The corporate of students is assembled, let the ceremonies start!”
Following a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by the Hartwick School Graduation Choir, Scholar Authorities Affiliation President Pauller Awino Musyoke ’23 and David Lengthy ’83, H’14, chair of the Hartwick Board of Trustees, prolonged their congratulations to the graduates.
“As a rising senior, I’m in awe of the whole lot you’ve achieved, and I applaud all of you,” Musyoke stated. “Maintain on to this sense, hug it for so long as you’ll be able to, since you made it and need to be proud.”
In recalling his personal lengthy journey from Liverpool, England to Oyaron Hill, Lengthy praised the most recent graduates for his or her resilience. “You have got navigated unprecedented disruptions over these previous two years,” he stated. “Rites of passage – for all ages – have been upended. You have got needed to transfer alongside your journey of studying, and life, with a novel dedication. However right here we’re, collectively. You discovered your manner. Effectively accomplished.”
Hartwick School Chair and Professor of Economics Dr. Karl Seeley introduced Vandia Williams ’23 with the Abraham L. Kellogg Oratorical Prize. School deemed Williams the most effective orator amongst these seniors who gave speeches throughout Honors Convocation.
Vice President for Educational Affairs Dr. Laurel Bongiorno took the rostrum subsequent to announce the Margaret B. Bunn Award for Excellence in Educating.
“This can be a day for honoring these college students who’ve accomplished their programs of research on Oyaron Hill,” she stated. “It’s also a day to honor their professors.”
The annual award is introduced to a school member judged by college students who graduated 5 years earlier to have been essentially the most excellent instructor with whom they studied. The 2022 Bunn Award recipient, Bongiorno stated, is Affiliate Professor of Chemistry and Division Chair Dr. Andrew J. Piefer.
Piefer earned a B.S. in chemistry from Dickinson School in Carlisle, PA, and Ph.D in biochemistry from New Mexico State College. He accomplished a post-doctoral fellowship on the College of Pennsylvania Faculty of Medication earlier than becoming a member of Hartwick. In 2013, Piefer was granted tenure, and 6 years later earned the Alumni Affiliation’s Excellent Worker Award. His promotion to full professor, Bongiorno stated, was lately authorized by the School’s Board of Trustees.
At present he teaches programs in chemistry and biochemistry, Bongiorno stated, and that Piefer was additionally an early chief in educating FlightPath and First-12 months Seminar programs.
“He engages Hartwick college students in his analysis in ways in which contain them with novel scientific discovery, with a long-lasting impression on his college students,” she added. “I consider that Margaret Bunn would heartily agree that Dr. Andy Piefer is deserving of this award named in her honor.”
Retaking the rostrum, Drugovich spoke of Trustee Emerita Elaine H. Arnold ’69, earlier than presenting her with The President’s Award for Liberal Arts in Follow. Arnold graduated from Hartwick with a level in sociology, and went on to earn her grasp’s diploma from New York College and pursue doctoral research.
Regardless of not discovering many openings obtainable upon commencement within the discipline of company finance, Drugovich stated, Arnold took a secretarial place and used it to begin her climb. That journey result in more and more accountable roles at corporations like EF Hutton and Morgan Stanley, culminating in positions similar to vice chairman at Citicorp.
Quite than retire after a prestigious profession, Arnold has spent greater than 20 years volunteering in New York Metropolis faculties, serving to college students navigate the faculty utility course of.
“You say that your skilled experiences ‘opened the world’ for you,” stated Drugovich. “You, in flip, have now opened the world to kids who’ve aspirations, as you probably did, however they wanted somebody – they wanted you – to encourage and nudge and problem and assist them. Importantly, for the aim of this award, you probably did this work since you consider schooling is the important thing to a satisfying and productive life.”
Following a efficiency of Frank Ticheli’s “Pleasure Revisited,” carried out by the Hartwick School Wind Ensemble and performed by Robert Johns ’22, Drugovich launched Trustee Sarah “Sally” Griffiths Herbert ’88, H’19, who would handle the Class of 2022 on the event of its commencement.
Griffiths Herbert earned a bachelor’s diploma in anthropology from Hartwick, graduating with departmental distinction and a minor in biology. She labored as a discipline archaeologist for the Workplace of Public Archeology at Boston College. She and her husband, Tim, went into enterprise collectively — first because the homeowners of Ski Whaleback, Ltd. ski resort, now as homeowners of Ring Brook Farm, each in New Hampshire.
Griffiths Herbert mirrored on the numerous sides of her Hartwick expertise, which included being “an athlete, Greek, Wall painter, Pine Lake lover, Deer Run skier, a Leitzell dweller, and City Home tenant.” She cited favourite professors and mentors and declared, “ me as a result of, in some ways, I’m you!”
She revealed that she thought of transferring throughout her first 12 months at Hartwick, however assist from pals and college led her to remain. She caught with it, graduated, and flourished. The non-public development she made on Oyaron Hill grew to become a focus of her remarks. “I grew to become myself on this hill, because the individual you see now,” she stated.
Griffiths Herbert provided three strategies to spur such private development: “watch and pay attention,” “discover steadiness that sustains you,” and “perspective.” She used anecdotes of Olympic athletes to assist every level. “These are three instruments you should utilize to regulate your trajectory all through your profession,” she stated.
She celebrated the liberal arts background of her and her husband, Tim, who developed a skillset that made him capable of “adapt to any skilled state of affairs, absorb new data, see an outdated drawback from a brand new perspective, rapidly change hats, pivot, and exhibit management.”
Griffiths Herbert additionally requested the most recent alumni to not neglect their alma mater. “Come again when you’ll be able to,” she urged. “Your time, expertise, and treasure are wanted, and your folks at Hartwick will give you totally different locations across the desk to return collectively once more.
“Class of 2022, watch and study, search steadiness that sustains you, and enrich your perspective,” she concluded. “Exit and alter the world for the higher. Class of 2022, your runway is obvious for takeoff. You’ve bought this!”
Bongiorno then introduced the Class of 2022 to the group. Within the central second of the ceremony, the graduates have been bestowed the Hartwick undergraduate hood and greeted by Drugovich, a lot to the delight of their assembled family and friends.
Introduced first was the preliminary graduating cohort of the School’s Translational Biomedical Analysis Administration grasp’s diploma program, adopted by the bachelor’s diploma candidates.
As soon as every graduate had been individually acknowledged, Hartwick School Alumni Affiliation Board of Administrators President Michelle Brown ’87 welcomed the brand new alumni to the 18,000-strong physique. The alumni affiliation introduced every graduate with a reproduction of the Hartwick Bell and a memento that celebrates the School’s 225th anniversary.
“Your Hartwick diploma will take you to superb locations, Brown stated. “I encourage you to embrace every alternative. You’re ready to simply accept challenges forward of you, make the most of your private strengths and embrace the longer term. We acknowledge each one among you IS the longer term!”
As she led the category in a ceremonial ringing of their reproduction bells, the tent stuffed with the joyous noise of the brand new alumni and their proud households.
“Members of the Class of 2022, you’ve heard the bell ring,” Drugovich stated in her closing remarks. “Now you permit Hartwick an informed individual. You’ll have traveled the world over. You’ll have accomplished a exceptional factor or two. You have got in all probability discovered greater than you anticipated, and maybe you’ve discovered greater than you thought was potential.
“It’s my hope that what you’ve discovered finest is easy methods to study from others. This second additionally belongs to those that cared for and nurtured you on this journey to today,” she continued, main the category in thanking each their households and their college and workers, noting that every one helped the graduates obtain this essential milestone.
Earlier than closing the ceremony, President Drugovich thanked the Hartwick Group.
“I wish to say that it has been an incredible honor to steer Hartwick over these previous 14 years,” she stated. “I thank the board of trustees for his or her partnership and assist, our colleagues for his or her camaraderie, and our great college students for exhibiting me, many times, that the place there’s studying, there’s hope. I want for this nice School, and all of her folks, a lot success within the years to return.”
The ceremony closed with a rendition of the Alma Mater, Oyaron, Hill of Goals, underneath the course of Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Andrew Pease and carried out by the Hartwick School Graduation Choir and Hartwick School Wind Ensemble. The graduates left the expansive tent behind the celebratory march of the Broome County Celtic Pipes and Drums, continuing into the ready arms of their proud households, towards their vibrant futures as Hartwick School alumni.