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In his address at Hamilton’s commencement, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker shared five observations with the Class of 2017, reminding them that “discussing differences is not a war, it’s a conversation. There can always be more than one point of view.”

President David Wippman addresses the crowd during Hamilton's 205th commencement ceremony.

Baker gave the address at Hamilton’s commencement on Sunday, May 21, in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House where 508 students received bachelor’s degrees. He was awarded an honorary degree, along with John B. Emerson ’75, retired U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany; Hamilton trustee Nancy Roob ’87, president and CEO of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and CEO of Blue Meridian Partners; and Adam Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum.

Also speaking at Commencement was Alec Talsania of Fogelsville, Pa., recipient of The James Soper Merrill Prize, and class speaker Katherine Brouns of Portland, Ore. [View all videos on YouTube]

Hamilton’s co-valedictorians were Jonah Boucher of Rochester, N.Y., and Elizabeth Prescott of Lenox, Mass. Continue Reading

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