The co-host and chief legal analyst of NBC’s TODAY show, Savannah Guthrie joined the Colleges as this year’s Commencement speaker. Guthrie told the graduates to “dream big”. She had lots of local favor in her speech, making reference to the recent Hobart Debate Team’s National Championship & how today they would debate the “age old question”- Who has better pizza? Mark’s or Cam’s?. Guthrie then said to skip the pizza and go for the garbage plate at Joe’s Hot’s instead!!
Savannah Guthrie laughs as HWS President Mark Gearan makes a joke about it time for a cooking segment with Savannah Guthrie on the TODAY Show. HWS Chief Photograher Kevin Colton takes a quick break and get’s his picture taken with Guthrie.
Prior to joining TODAY two years ago, Guthrie served as NBC News White House Correspondent for three years, offering candid commentary for NBC on “Meet the Press,” the “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” and MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” where she also served as cohost. As part of the team that covered Sarah Palin’s campaign during the 2008 presidential election, she received an Emmy for her election night coverage.
Guthrie holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Arizona, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated magna cum laude. After working as a journalist in Arizona and Missouri, Guthrie became the national trial and legal correspondent for Court TV. At Court TV, Guthrie cast a critical eye on many of the nation’s most important court hearings, providing the country with a comprehensive and critical analysis of major rulings and cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress. Among the many high-profile cases Guthrie reported on were the Zacarias Moussaoui trial, the Lewis “Scooter” Libby case and the Samuel Alito confirmation hearings.
Commencement 2012 marks the 187th graduation for Hobart and the 101st for William Smith. This year’s ceremony will see about 225 Hobart and 245 William Smith students walk across the steps of Coxe Hall to receive their diplomas alongside eight MAT students.