Class of 2018
Darren Walker to Graduates: Lead the Way Forward With Empathy, Courage, Compassion
“Eleni’s dedication to her friends and family, to the Hamilton community, to the refugees she worked with over the summer in Greece…. comes not from a place of ticking something off a list but from a place of passion and compassion. She is all in: heart and mind. How she does anything is how she does everything. I feel confident that Leni will take that way of being into the world and do big things.” — Amy James, director of community outreach
Amy James has had four years to get to know Eleni Neyland ’18 and used those words to describe Neyland in an award nomination letter. The field hockey- and lacrosse-playing COOP Senior Fellow government major has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia, and was also recently selected as the Class of 2018 Commencement speaker by a committee of students. Neyland’s resume of Hamilton-related activities is remarkable, and she’s made the most of her numerous commitments.
We asked Neyland to share a lesson she’s learned from just a few of her involvements.
Hometown: Boxborough, Mass.
High School: Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
Hamilton Alternative Breaks Program, Trip Leader
Leading an AXB trip to Florida four months after Hurricane Irma demonstrated the importance of long-term relief work. We were pulling trees out of people's living rooms four months after the storm: the lesson was that there is always work to be done.
Palmer ’18 Digs Into Skateboarding Communities With Watson Fellowship
Marquis Palmer ’18 will explore “The Inner-World of Skateboarding Communities” in his Watson fellowship. Palmer, recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa, also received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to the Czech Republic.
More Than a Motto: Joe Pucci '18 Seeks to “Know Thyself” Through Bristol Fellowship
“Know thyself” is the motto that guides Hamilton students, and Joe Pucci ’18 is living up to that in his Bristol Fellowship, “Values, Methodologies and Locales in Learning Environments: An Inquiry Into Knowing Thyself.”