McDaniel to award 600 degrees at 148th Commencement May 19

McDaniel College Commencement photo
April 24, 2018

More than 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded when McDaniel College holds its 148th Commencement on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. on campus in Gill Center.

Commencement speaker is McDaniel College Professor Emeritus Francis “Skip” Fennell. A mathematics education expert and past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Fennell directs the Brookhill Institute of Mathematics supported Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project. He is also the mathematics adviser for Emmy award-winning PBS shows “Peg + CAT” and “Odd Squad.”

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 are also on Friday, May 18:

• McDaniel’s Green Terror Battalion Army ROTC program hosts its Commissioning Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 18 in Baker Memorial Chapel with seven graduating seniors from McDaniel being commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, the first woman and the first African-American to command the Maryland Army National Guard, is the guest speaker.

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 takes place at 6:30 p.m. May 18 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 5:45 p.m. prior to the Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation.

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