Dear Seniors and Guests of the Class of 2016:
I look forward to welcoming you, on behalf of the Skidmore College community, to the 105th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. We hope that when you read the accompanying schedule of activities for Commencement Weekend, you will be as full of anticipation as we are. My wife, Marie, and I especially look forward to your joining us for a reception Friday afternoon at historic Scribner House, our residence and the former home of Lucy Skidmore Scribner.
We are very proud to announce that at this year’s Commencement ceremony, Skidmore will confer honorary degrees upon two exceptional individuals:
- Emanuel Ax, internationally acclaimed classical pianist. A multiple Grammy winner, Ax is famous
for his artistic virtuosity, collaborative spirit, and embrace of old and new music.
In 2010, he headlined the formal opening of Skidmore’s Arthur Zankel Music Center.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon, renowned activist, musician, educator, and cultural scholar. Reagon was a Freedom Singer for the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and as composer and performer she led her Sweet Honey in the Rock ensemble for 30 years. She is an American University professor emerita and Smithsonian Institution curator emerita.
In addition, the Faculty Speaker will be:
- Katherine (Kate) Graney, associate professor of government and director of gender studies. With research expertise in ethnicities and federalism in Russia and the former Soviet states, since 1999 she has taught courses ranging from Russian to Eastern European politics to gender in international relations and human rights.
Each of our distinguished guests will briefly address the graduating class. Board of Trustees Chair Linda Toohey, Class of 2016 President Miles Calzini, and I will also offer our congratulations.
The entire Skidmore community joins me in expressing our great pride in the accomplishments of the Class of 2016. We look forward to celebrating with you in May.
Philip A. Glotzbach