211th Ceremony

Retired Navy Adm. Michelle J. Howard, the first female four-star admiral and chair of the 2020-22 Congressional Naming Commission, presented remarks to the 500 members of the graduating class at Hamilton’s 211th commencement on Sunday, May 21. Valedictorian Brendan Magill is from Montpelier, Vt., and salutatorian Anika Tullos is from Lakeville, Mass.

Howard to 2023 Graduates: ‘If You Are Willing, You Can Do Good’

In her remarks, Howard shared anecdotes from her time before and after active duty, all tied to this life lesson: the call to the common good is for all of us. She told members of the Class of ’23, “As your namesake [Alexander Hamilton] would say, the first duty is justice.”


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Hear from James Soper Merrill Prize recipient Ryan Smolarsky ’23, class speaker Juliet Davidson ’23, and Baccalaureate speaker Evan Smith ’87. The 2023 Commencement address by Retired Four-Star Admiral Michelle J. Howard was reserved for the live audience.

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