College graduation season soon to arrive
BY ENELLY BETANCOURT, Staff Writer
The season for graduation rites at colleges and universities arrives soon, and thousands of students and their families are getting ready to celebrate.
n Pennsylvania College of Art & Design will kick off the flurry of commencements here with its graduation Saturday, May 4.
Graduation for PCAD's Class of 2013 will be held at 11 a.m. in the Ann & Richard Barshinger Center at Franklin & Marshall College.
Kerry Sherin Wright, director of the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House and adjunct assistant professor of English at F&M, will be the graduation speaker.
n Franklin & Marshall College will confer bachelor degrees to 606 seniors Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. on Hartman Green.
Melanne S. Verveer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues and former chief of staff to Hillary Rodham Clinton, will deliver this year's commencement address.
F&M will bestow an honorary degree on Verveer and two distinguished F&M alumni -- Stanley J. Dudrick (1957), an internationally renowned physician, and Jane Moss (1974), vice president for programming at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
n Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology will celebrate the achievements of nearly 300 students on Saturday, May 11, during a 1 p.m. ceremony in the John Barley Multipurpose Center on campus.
Pennsylvania state Sen. Lloyd Smucker will be the keynote speaker for the college's 102nd commencement.
n Lancaster Bible College will honor more than 160 students at its commencement Saturday, May 11, starting 2 p.m. in Good Shepherd Chapel.
Wess Stafford, president of Compassion International, will deliver the keynote address, titled "The Upside Down Kingdom ... Different ... Better."
n Harrisburg Area Community College will host a collegewide commencement, which will include approximately 1,200 graduates from the Lancaster Campus, on Tuesday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
n Elizabethtown College will confer degrees to 500 students at its commencement Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. in The Dell.
The inclement weather location is Thompson Gymnasium.
Commencement speaker will be Eboo Patel, president of Interfaith Youth Core.
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies will hold its commencement for 110 students at 4 p.m. in the Leffler Chapel and Performance Center on the Elizabethtown College campus. Commencement speaker will be Jeffrey B. Miller, vice president and chief security officer of the National Football League.
n Millersville University will hold its graduate studies commencement Friday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Pucillo Gymnasium.
Speaker will be Cheryl T. Desmond, professor of educational foundations.
The university will confer degrees on approximately 1,000 students at its graduation Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.
The ceremony will be held at Biemesderfer Stadium.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Pucillo Gymnasium.
Gov. Tom Corbett will deliver the keynote address.
n The commencement season will conclude with Lancaster General College of Nursing celebrating the achievements of approximately 320 students.
Commencement will take place Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square.