Hawthorne Graduates from Union College

SCHENECTADY, NY – Nathaniel Hawthorne, of Fulton, graduated from Union College as part of the college’s 222nd Commencement ceremony.

Hawthorne received a Bachelor of Science degree while majoring in Chemistry summa cum laude.

At the ceremony, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker delivered some practical advice for the graduates: Don’t be a jerk. Don’t settle for average. And don’t be afraid to fail.

“I would ask all of you to appreciate the value and the importance of civility in your personal and professional lives,” Baker told the 550 members of the Class of 2016 at Union’s 222nd Commencement on Hull Plaza recently.

It was one of Union’s largest graduating classes.

Union College, founded in 1795 as the first college chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers programs in the liberal arts and engineering to 2,200 undergraduates of high academic promise and strong personal motivation.

Union, with its long history of blending disciplines, is a leader in educating students to be engaged, innovative and ethical contributors to an increasingly diverse, global and technologically complex society.