Dear Families and Members of the Senior Class,
The College’s Commencement exercises are scheduled for Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. That may seem like a long way off, but now is the time to make accommodation arrangements for guests coming to the Hill that weekend. Since there is limited availability in the greater Clinton area it is important that family and friends reserve hotel rooms as soon as possible.
The College has asked BTI Travel to set aside blocks of rooms at several area motels and hotels. You and your guests may call Sheryl Crast at BTI Travel (877-384-8829 or 315-234-1481) to reserve these rooms on a first-come, first-served basis. You may also use their website to view availability and book rooms within our block. If you prefer to make your own arrangements or stay at a smaller establishment, please refer to Hamilton’s accommodations list.
For an alternative to traditional hotel-type accommodations, I invite you to consider the Clinton Bed and Breakfast Program. This program has been in successful operation for many years and benefits the A Better Chance of Clinton program. In addition, you may go directly to the ABC website, and find the registration information under “Upcoming Events.”
The Commencement ceremony will take place in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House, which has a greater than 5,000 seat capacity. Tickets will not be issued. Friends and family unable to attend the ceremony will be able to watch it streamed live on the web. Following the ceremony, you and your guests are invited to join the Hamilton community for a complimentary picnic.
You may refer to the weekend schedule to assist you with planning. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact me at 315-859-4106 or by email. I will be pleased to assist you in any way I can.
Susan G. Campanie
American businessman Philip Murphy, the former United States Ambassador to Germany, will deliver the Hamilton College Commencement address on Sunday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m., in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.
Murphy will be awarded an honorary degree, along with Bill Harley, Grammy Award-winning recording artist and 1977 Hamilton graduate; Philip Lewis, vice president of the Mellon Foundation and professor emeritus at Cornell University; and Pakistani novelist and 1994 Hamilton alumna Kamila Shamsie.
Shamsie will offer the Baccalaureate address on Saturday, May 23, at 3 p.m., in the Scott Field House. More ...