Wednesday September 5, 2012

This year’s Williams Bicentennial Medalists will share their diverse life stories on Friday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Adams Memorial Theatre of the college’s ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The event is free and open to the public.

Established in 1993 on the occasion of the college’s 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor.

This year’s medals will be conferred at the Convocation ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. in Chapin Hall.

Convocation, which is free and open to the public, marks the beginning of the academic year and celebrates the senior class and its accomplishments.

Unable for professional reasons to be here for the Friday panel, medalist Erin Burnett ‘98, host of CNN’s "Erin Burnett OutFront," will give the Convocation address.

Participating in the Friday panel are medalists Kathleen Merrigan ‘82, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; David S. Paresky ‘60, who as CEO of Thomas Cook Travel, grew sales to $2 billion annually; Norman P. Spack ‘65, pediatric endocrinologist and co-founder of the Gender Management Service at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Charles N. Waigi ‘72, founder, director, and general contractor of the Jeremy Academy in his hometown of Limuru, Kenya.