Hamilton College Begins 186th Academic Year

Hamilton College President Eugene M. Tobinwill welcome 470 new students, including 455 freshmen, on Sunday, Aug. 31, at aConvocation formally opening the 186th academic year.

His address is titled, "Nurturing Our Democratic Dispositions."

The assembly, which includes the presentation of academic awards, begins at7:30 p.m. in Wellin Hall of the Schambach Center for Music and Performing Arts.It is open to the public.

Members of the first-year class were drawn from a record number ofapplications, 4,107. Only 42% of the applicants for the Class of 2001 wereoffered admission to the college, and for the first time in school history,there are more women than men in the class. Hamilton was an all-male collegeuntil joining with all-female Kirkland College in 1978.

In addition, the class includes 15 high school valedictorians, sevensalutatorians and 10 students who are national merit finalists. Multiculturalstudents comprise 10% of the class, an increase of two percentage points fromthe previous two classes. An additional 3% of the class hails from countriesoutside the United States.

The following is a brief calendar of important dates for the fall semester:

Aug. 26 First-year students arrive

Aug. 26-30 New student orientation

Aug. 30 Residence halls open for upperclass students

Sept. 1 Fall semester classes begin

Sept. 19-20 Fallcoming Weekend/Board of Trustees Weekend/Capital

Campaign Kickoff Weekend

Oct. 3-7 Midterm recess

Oct. 17-18 Family Weekend

Oct. 22 Great Names Series: Maya Angelou

Nov. 25-30 Thanksgiving recess

Dec. 12 Fall semester classes end

Dec. 16-21 Final Examinations

Spring semester classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 19, and conclude on MayFriday, 8, 1988. Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 24.

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