Westminster, MD (PRWEB) April 20, 2012
McDaniel College holds its 142nd Commencement on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. in Gill Center (2 College Hill, Westminster, Md.). More than 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees are to be awarded.
Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients are Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, Maryland’s first female state superintendent of schools, and Dr. Edwin Welch, president of the University of Charleston in West Virginia and 1965 alumnus of McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland) College. Click here for complete bios.
Two special awards are annually presented at McDaniel’s Commencement. The graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point average receives the Argonaut Award, and the Edith Farr Ridington Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award is given to the graduating senior who writes the best honors research paper. Both award winners are not revealed until the commencement ceremony.
In conjunction with Commencement, several events also take place on Friday, May 18:
- McDaniel’s Green Terror Battalion Army ROTC program hosts its Commissioning Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 18, in Baker Memorial Chapel. Nine graduating seniors from McDaniel are to be commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army along with graduates from Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University. The guest speaker is Lieutenant General Otto J. Guenther, a 1963 alumnus of McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland) College and member of the McDaniel College Board of Trustees. Army ROTC has been a tradition at the college since 1919, and the Green Terror Battalion is one of the oldest ROTC programs in the nation.
- The annual senior awards convocation and baccalaureate takes place Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Gill Center.
Editor’s Note: To attend McDaniel’s Commencement, contact Cheryl Knauer, director of media relations, at 410-857-2294 or cknauer (at) mcdaniel (dot) edu by Friday, May 18.
McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “40 Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 60 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel’s degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.