HWS Convocation Broadcast – Wed Sept. 2 @ 5:00pm

With the theme of global citizenship, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will welcome global activist, lawyer, and President and CEO of Direct Relief International Thomas Tighe to campus as the keynote speaker for the 2009 Convocation ceremony.

Convocation will be held on Stern Lawn on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 5 p.m.

All are welcome, and the ceremony will be broadcast live on WHWS 105.7FM.

Since October of 2000, Tighe has led Direct Relief International, a nonprofit humanitarian medical organization established in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1948. Funded entirely with private support, Direct Relief International provides medical material assistance to locally run health programs around the world and in the U.S. Since Tighe’s arrival, Direct Relief has made cash grants of more than $3 million and furnished more than $1 billion of essential medicines, equipment and supplies to support health services for low-income people in 88 developing countries and all 50 U.S. states. Direct Relief International has been named one of America’s Best 100 Charities by Worth magazine, is one of only two U.S. charities rated by Forbes magazine as 100 percent efficient, and has been ranked by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as California’s largest international nonprofit organization based on private support.

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