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Commencement

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The graduates file into the Field House.<br />Photo: Adam J. Brockway
The graduates file into the Field House.
The Mohawk Valley Frasers lead the procession. <br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
The Mohawk Valley Frasers lead the procession.
Karl Koster '18 and Jonny Stimola '19 bear the flags.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Karl Koster '18 and Jonny Stimola '19 bear the flags.
President Joan Hinde Stewart at Hamilton College Commencement.<br />Photo: Adam J. Brockway
President Joan Hinde Stewart at Hamilton College Commencement.
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel gave the Commencement address.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel gave the Commencement address.
PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel gives the commencement address. <br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel gives the commencement address.
Members of the Class of 2016.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Members of the Class of 2016.
Jeremy Mathurin was selected by his classmates to deliver remarks.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Jeremy Mathurin was selected by his classmates to deliver remarks.
Hamilton graduates enjoy the ceremony.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Hamilton graduates enjoy the ceremony.
Alex Mitko, the James Soper Merrill Prize winner, used a pineapple as a metaphor.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Alex Mitko, the James Soper Merrill Prize winner, used a pineapple as a metaphor.
Members of the Class of 2016<br />Photo: Adam J. Brockway
Members of the Class of 2016
Indra Nooyi P ’07, chairman and chief executive officer of food and beverage company PepsiCo, receives an honorary degree.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Indra Nooyi P ’07, chairman and chief executive officer of food and beverage company PepsiCo, receives an honorary degree.
Class of 2016 valedictorian Elisa MacColl<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Class of 2016 valedictorian Elisa MacColl
Ariel Pimentel receives her diploma.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Ariel Pimentel receives her diploma.
Gabe Myerson presenting graduates with their canes.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Gabe Myerson presenting graduates with their canes.
A group of graduates celebrates on the Chapel steps.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
A group of graduates celebrates on the Chapel steps.
Daphney Gaston smiling at Commencement.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Daphney Gaston smiling at Commencement.
Graduates take a photo together.<br />Photo: Adam J. Brockway
Graduates take a photo together.
A graduate's decorated cap.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
A graduate's decorated cap.
Naomi Woolfenden receives congratulations.<br />Photo: Adam J. Brockway
Naomi Woolfenden receives congratulations.
Osaruese Odeh celebrates with friends and family.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Osaruese Odeh celebrates with friends and family.
Hugo Desius celebrates with family.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Hugo Desius celebrates with family.
Graduates celebrate with their canes.<br />Photo: Adam J. Brockway
Graduates celebrate with their canes.
Family and friends of Ryan Ong celebrate his graduation.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Family and friends of Ryan Ong celebrate his graduation.
Nate Somes gets his tassel adjusted after the ceremony.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Nate Somes gets his tassel adjusted after the ceremony.
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In his address at Hamilton’s commencement, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel told the Class of 2016, “At this time in your life you know fewer limits, fewer taboos and fewer fears than you ever will in the future. So do not squander your ignorance! Go out and do what your teachers and parents thought could not be done, and what they never thought of doing,” he urged.

Thiel gave the address at Hamilton’s commencement on Sunday, May 22, in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House where 489 students received bachelor’s degrees. He was awarded an honorary degree, along with David Ferreiro, the 10th archivist of the U.S.; Indra Nooyi P ’07, chairman and chief executive officer of food and beverage company PepsiCo; and Michael Shapiro’71, director emeritus of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Also speaking at Commencement was Alex Mitko of Cranbury, N.J., recipient of The James Soper Merrill Prize, and class speaker Jeremy Mathurin, a Posse Miami graduate. More ...

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