McDaniel College to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees May 21

May 02, 2011

McDaniel College will award about 360 bachelor’s and 215 master’s degrees at the its 141st Commencement at 2 p.m. May 21 in Gill Center. The ceremony is the first McDaniel Commencement for ninth president Roger Casey.

Student awards include the Argonaut Award, which is presented annually to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average, and the Edith Farr Ridington Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award for the best Honors paper.

At 9 a.m. on Commencement day in WMC Alumni Hall, nine McDaniel graduating seniors will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. The other eight members of the Green Terror Battalion from Mount St. Mary’s and Hood College will be commissioned in ceremonies at their respective colleges. The McDaniel presentation will feature guest speaker Lieutenant General (ret.) and McDaniel trustee Otto J. Guenther ’63, who served in Korea and Vietnam and was the Army’s first chief information officer. After his military career, he was vice-president and general manager of the Federal Division of computer Associates and then of Northrup Grumman Mission Systems Tactical Systems Division.

McDaniel’s annual Baccalaureate Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 20 in Baker Memorial Chapel.

Honorary degrees will be presented to Rebecca Hoffberger, founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, and Irene Lewis, artistic director of CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore.

Rebecca Hoffberger is the founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore. After 10 years of planning and dreaming that included a $7-million fund-raising campaign, Hoffberger opened America’s official national museum and education center for self-taught artistry. It has become the place Hoffberger spoke of in her 1995 inaugural address, a place “where the best of self-taught, intuitive contributions of all kinds will be duly recognized, explored and then championed in a clear strong voice.” In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Hoffberger co-curated with “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening and artist Gary Panter the museum’s “most delight-filled exhibition to date, exploring ‘What Makes Us Smile?’”

Irene Lewis, artistic director at CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore since 1992, has directed a broad range of classic and contemporary plays that include Shakespeare, Molière, Chekhov, Wallace Shawn, August Wilson and George F. Walker. A guest faculty member and director at several universities, Lewis has directed at many regional theaters, among them Seattle Repertory Theatre, Sundance Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival and New York Shakespeare Festival. Prior to coming to CENTERSTAGE, Lewis was a producer and director at Hartford Stage in Connecticut, becoming associate artistic director there.