During the past three weeks, Colgate waved farewell to the Bicentennial Class of 2019 and hosted more than 4,000 alumni, families, and friends for the Bicentennial All-Class Reunion. Visitors encountered a campus of distinctive beauty, thanks in part to the grounds and custodial crews who work behind the scenes.
The fondest recollections of Colgate University’s Bicentennial All-Class Reunion might differ among the 4,000 alumni, family members, and friends who attended the event last weekend. Yet, all of those memories, full of joy and deep connection, were made to last a lifetime.
Historian James Allen Smith, Class of 1970, has drawn upon Colgate’s rich archival records to tell the moving, vivid, and inspiring story of its founding, its development over time, and its bonds with the village of Hamilton, the region of central New York, and the nation.
Six hundred and eighty four members of the Class of 2019 received their degrees during the institution’s 198th commencement exercises held along the banks of Taylor Lake — Colgate’s first outdoor ceremony since 2008.
Editor’s note: The following is a transcript of remarks delivered by Antonio Delgado,’99, U.S. Representative for the 19th Congressional District of New York, at Colgate’s 198th Commencement, Sunday, May 19, 2019.