McDaniel to hold 143rd Commencement ceremony and activities

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April 29, 2013

McDaniel College will award more than 600 bachelor’s and master’s degrees during its 143rd Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. May 25 on campus in Gill Center. Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Washington Insiders Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour senior correspondent, her husband Al Hunt, Bloomberg News executive editor, and McDaniel Trustee and alumna Christine Royer ’48, vice president (ret.) of Barnard College.

Woodruff, a graduate of Duke University, has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS and regularly co-anchors the PBS NewsHour.

Hunt, a graduate of Wake Forest University, directs coverage of Bloomberg’s Washington bureau of 250 reporters and editors and hosts Bloomberg’s political news TV program, “Political Capital with Al Hunt.”

Royer, also Barnard’s former director of Admissions and English professor, is a passionate advocate for liberal arts education and for access and equity in higher education.

Student awards include the Argonaut Award, which is presented yearly 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.

In addition, two graduate awards are The B. Jill Brooks Hodge Professional Development Award, which is given to a graduate student who has 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 held on Friday, May 24.

Graduating McDaniel seniors who are members of the College’s Army ROTC program will be commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army at 10 a.m. May 24 in Baker Memorial Chapel. McDaniel has had an Army ROTC program since 1919.

Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation is 7:30 p.m. May 24 in Gill Center. A Commencement party will follow for parents, students, faculty and staff in the Decker College Center Forum.