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Dear Seniors and Guests of the Class of 2017:  

I look forward to welcoming you, on behalf of the Skidmore College community, to the 106th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 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 late 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 three exceptional individuals:

Oprah Winfrey is a global media leader, philanthropist, producer, and actress. She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired people today. For 25 years, Winfrey was host of the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. As Chairman and CEO, she is guiding her successful cable network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network; is the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine; and oversees Harpo Films. 

Ann Rubenstein Tisch founder and president of Young Women's Leadership Network, an organization that operates The Young Women's Leadership Schools, a network of all-girls’ public schools, and CollegeBound Initiative, a college access program.

Wes Moore, a decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate, and CEO of BridgeEdU, a national initiative focusing on addressing the college completion and career placement crisis by reinventing the freshman year of college. He is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Other Wes Moore and The Work.

In addition, the faculty speaker will be:

Mark Youndt, professor of management and business. Professor Youndt teaches courses in general management and strategy in the Management and Business Department as well as a seminal course called “Human Dilemmas” in Skidmore’s First-Year Experience Program.  

Each of our distinguished guests will briefly address the graduating class.  Board of Trustee Chair W. Scott McGraw P’12; Class of 2017 President Madison Plummer; 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 2017.  We look forward to celebrating with you in May.


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Philip A. Glotzbach