Here’s a look at the Hamilton news readers found most captivating in 2019.

• The announcement of Emmy Award-winning writer and actress Tina Fey as our Great Names guest drew scores of readers. A subsequent story about Fey meeting with classes prior to her talk was also among the most-read stories of the year.

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Commencement speaker Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

• In March, news that Freeman Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, would deliver Hamilton’s 2019 Commencement address sparked much interest.

• A story about the surge in 2019 Hamilton admission applications — 8,338, roughly one-third more than 2018’s record total of 6,240 — received widespread readership.

• Beloved theatre professor Carole Bellini-Sharp lost her lengthy struggle with heart disease and cancer in August. Announcement of her passing was met with tributes and remembrances via all forms of social media.

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Moderator Julia La Roche of Yahoo Finance leads a discussion with David Solomon '84 and Thomas Tull ’92.

• CEOs David Solomon ’84 and Thomas Tull ’92 visited campus in March to discuss how emerging technologies are revolutionizing today’s businesses. Viewers tuned in live on Facebook to watch the event.

• Readers recalled the tenure of Martin Carovano, Hamilton’s 16th president, who died in August at age 84. He will be best remembered for leading the College during the Hamilton-Kirkland merger, a decision that led to coeducation in 1978. 

• Selena Coppock ’02, after accepting the invitation to serve as moderator at the Tina Fey Great Names event, engaged readers as she described with anticipation the opportunity to connect with a comedy legend.

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Hamilton students at Annapurna basecamp. Photo: Peter Case '21

• Coverage of the students and professors who received recognition at the annual Class & Charter Day convocation in May enticed many to read about this Hamilton tradition.

• Peter Case ’21 wrote a blog that allowed readers to travel along with 11 students who trekked the Annapurna region of Nepal over spring break.

• Finally, our readers are interested in learning about who’s new and spent time getting to know faculty who joined the College in the 2019-20 academic year. 

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