ONEONTA – Despite the relentless downpour outside, Hartwick College held it 87th Commencement Ceremony today, under a large tent on Elmore Field.
Graduates were processed in by the Broome County Celtic Pipe & Drum Corps to the applause of the thousands of friends and family gathered to celebrate the occasion.
Between multiple musical features, staff and student awards, and two honorary degrees awarded in the ceremony, the crowd dug deep to find the energy to cheer for their graduates as they crossed the stage.
Hartwick Student Senate President and Oneonta native Rachel Griffing addressed the crowd to open the ceremony, welcoming friends, family, faculty members, trustees, and her grandmother specifically.
The event concluded with Colonel Michael Doherty, Hartwick Alum and Board of Directors Vice President, leading the class of 2018 in the traditional ringing of the bells, where each student rang the small bell given to them after receiving their diploma.