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James Soper Merrill winner Meghan O'Sullivan delivers her speech.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Speaker Philip Murphy, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany.<br />Photo: Adam Brockway
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Valedictorian Nicholas Vassos addresses the audience.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
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The graduates file out.<br />Photo: Adam Brockway
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New graduate Sean-Henry Smith.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
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Content of Character Counts, Philip Murphy Tells Class of 2015

Murphy: "Power of Individual to Change the World is Undiminished"

In his address at Hamilton College’s commencement, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and longtime top-level executive at Goldman Sachs Philip Murphy advised the Class of 2015 that as they enter the world, above all else “it is the content of your character that counts” and stressed that “the power of the individual to change the world is undiminished.”

Murphy, who served as ambassador from 2009 to 2013, gave the address at Hamilton’s commencement on Sunday, May 24, in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House where 505 students received bachelor’s degrees. He was awarded an honorary degree, along with Bill Harley ’77, two-time Grammy award-winning singer and storyteller;  Philip Lewis, vice president of the Mellon Foundation; and award-winning Pakistani novelist  Kamila Shamsie ’94.

Also speaking at Commencement was class of 2015 valedictorian Nicholas B. W. Vassos of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, and Meghan O’Sullivan of Madison, Conn., recipient of The James Soper Merrill Prize. More ...