McDaniel College celebrates 147th Commencement May 20

McDaniel College Commencement ceremony 2016
April 13, 2017

More than 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded at McDaniel’s 147th Commencement on Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. in the College’s Gill Center.

McDaniel College celebrates 147th Commencement May 20 College historian James E. Lightner, who has served the college for five decades as a 1959 alumnus, professor emeritus of mathematics and current trustee, is the Commencement speaker to kick off the college’s 150th anniversary, which will be celebrated in the 2017–2018 academic year. Lightner literally wrote the history of McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland) College with his more than 700-page book, “Fearless and Bold.”

Special student awards are annually presented at McDaniel’s Commencement. Award winners are not revealed until the Commencement ceremony. 

Undergraduate awards are the Argonaut Award, which is presented to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average, and The Edith Farr Ridington Writing Award for the best paper by a graduating senior.

The two graduate student awards include The B. Jill Brooks Hodge Professional Development Award, given to graduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence with a strong compassion for individuals with special needs and an interest in serving the deaf or disabled, and The Joan Develin Coley Award for Excellence in Education, awarded to a graduate student with the best record in the study of literacy theory and practice.

In conjunction with Commencement, several events also take place on Friday, May 19:

• McDaniel’s Green Terror Battalion Army ROTC program hosts its Commissioning Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 19 in Baker Memorial Chapel with nine graduating seniors from McDaniel being commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Retired Lt. Gen. Otto J. Guenther, a 1963 alumnus and the highest-ranking military officer ever to graduate from the College, is the guest speaker. Guenther is a current McDaniel trustee.

Army ROTC has been a tradition at the College since 1919, and the Green Terror Battalion, which includes cadets from McDaniel, Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University, is one of the oldest ROTC programs in the nation. McDaniel has consistently been recognized among Military Friendly Schools®.

• The annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation is at 7:30 p.m. May 19 in Gill Center. Graduating seniors receive academic, activity and leadership awards, including the Bates Prize for the most outstanding male graduating senior and Mary Ward Lewis Prize for the most outstanding female graduating senior.

Graduating seniors will process through Ward Memorial Arch to Baker Memorial Chapel at approximately 6:45 p.m. prior to the Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation.

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