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Class & Charter Day

Sue Campanie
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Save the Date — 2014 Class & Charter Day

Monday, May 12, at 4:15 p.m., in the Chapel

Each spring on College Hill, the Hamilton community celebrates Class & Charter Day. This spirited tradition was introduced in 1950 by President Robert W. McEwen, who sought to combine Class Day (originally the last Wednesday of classes when students annually held games and contests) with commemoration of the granting of the College's charter on May 26, 1812. Noting that Class Day fell close to the College's "birthday," McEwen conceived the idea of having a convocation in the Chapel with an address by a historian, trustee, graduate or faculty member whose subject would be related to Hamilton's history and traditions. The occasion also came to include recognition of faculty members and students with honors and awards, and today combines a concert sponsored by the Campus Activities Board,  the HamTrek triathlon and walk, and gatherings across the globe for alumni, parents and friends.

2013 Class & Charter Day

Hamilton’s 63rd annual Class & Charter Day convocation was held on May 13, in the Chapel.
College Marshal and Professor English Margaret Thickstun procession into the Chapel.
President Joan Hinde Stewart introduced speaker Thomas Schwarz '66.
Thomas Schwarz '66 gave the address titled “Inconsequential.”
The College Hill Singers performed as part of the ceremony.
Students accept their awards from Dean of Faculty Patrick Reynolds and Dean of Students Nancy Thompson.
Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate was presented with the Early Career Achievement Award.
Patrick Reynolds presents Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley with the Samuel & Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
The ceremony closed with the singing of the alma mater “Carissima.”
Teaching Award recipients Lydia Hamessley and Rob Knight. Missing from photo: Abhishek Amar.
Professors Dave Bailey, Ernest Williams, Barbara Gold, John Eldevik, Jonathan Vaughan and Brent Plate.
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Annual Class & Charter Day Concludes Academic Year

May 14, 2013

Hamilton’s annual Class & Charter Day celebration concluded the 2012-13 academic year on Monday, May 13, with a convocation in the Chapel. Students received prizes for academic achievement and teaching awards were given to faculty members. More ...

Nick Solano '14
Students Awarded Prizes, Scholarships at Class & Charter Day

Academic achievement prizes, prize scholarships and other recognition of student accomplishments were awarded at Hamilton’s 63rd annual Class & Charter Day convocation on Monday, May 13, in the Chapel. Among the top prizes Nicholas Solano ’14 was awarded the Milton F. Fillius Jr. /Joseph Drown Prize Scholarship, and Susannah Parkin ’13 was named the recipient of the James Soper Merrill Prize.  More ...

Teaching Award recipients Lydia Hamessley and Rob Knight. Missing from photo: Abhishek Amar.
Teaching Awards Presented to Amar, Hamessley and Knight

Hamilton College’s highest awards for teaching were presented to three faculty members during the annual Class & Charter Day ceremony on May 13. Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Abhishek Amar and Rob Knight, assistant professor of art, received awards. Assistant Professor of Government Ted Lehmann was named the recipient of Student Assembly’s Sidney Wertimer Award.  More ...

Professors Dave Bailey, Ernest Williams, Barbara Gold, John Eldevik, Jonathan Vaughan and Brent Plate.
Faculty Honored With Dean's Scholarly Achievement Awards

Six Hamilton faculty members were recognized for their research and creative successes with the Dean’s Scholarly Achievement Awards, presented by Dean of Faculty Patrick Reynolds during Class & Charter Day on May 13. The awards recognize individual accomplishment but reflect a richness and depth of scholarship and creative activity across the entire faculty.  More ...

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