McDaniel’s 149th Commencement set for Saturday, May 25

McDaniel Commencement 2018
April 24, 2019

McDaniel College announces its 149th Commencement to be held on Saturday, May 25. More than 600 graduate and undergraduate degrees are expected to be awarded during two ceremonies:  Graduate ceremony begins at 9 a.m., followed by the Undergraduate ceremony at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies take place on campus in Gill Center.

Former McDaniel College President Joan Develin Coley is the graduate commencement speaker. As the College’s first female president and the first to be promoted from the faculty ranks, Coley, President Emerita, served the College for nearly four decades as a professor of Education, department chair, Dean of Graduate Affairs, Provost and as the eighth president. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon her retirement from McDaniel in 2010. 

Undergraduate commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient is Carroll County philanthropist Martin K.P. Hill, president of Woodhaven Building and Development, Inc. Hill, who is stepping down as the college’s board chair after serving in this role since 2007, has been an active member of the College’s Board of Trustees for 26 years. He was named an honorary alumnus of McDaniel in 2015. Hill began his relationship with McDaniel in 1990 when his daughter, Jennifer Hill Bubczyk, a 1993 graduate, transferred to the college.

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

Two graduate student awards include The B. Jill Brooks Hodge Professional Development Award, 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.

Undergraduate awards are the Argonaut Award, which is presented to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average, The Edith Farr Ridington Writing Award for the best paper by a graduating senior, the Bates Prize for the most outstanding male graduating senior, and the Mary Ward Lewis Prize for the most outstanding female graduating senior.

Faculty awards include the Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award, recognizing inspired classroom work and dedication to students, and the Ira G. Zepp Teaching Enhancement Grant to further excellence in teaching. The Shelton Adjunct Faculty Award is also given to an adjunct faculty member at the graduate or undergraduate level whose teaching demonstrates a commitment to excellence and genuine care for students.

In conjunction with Commencement, several events also take place on Friday, May 24:

• McDaniel’s Green Terror Battalion Army ROTC program hosts its Commissioning Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 24 in Baker Memorial Chapel with six graduating seniors from McDaniel being commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, director of the Defense Logistics Agency headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Va., 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, is one of the oldest ROTC programs in the nation. McDaniel has consistently been recognized among Military Friendly Schools® and the college’s Military Legacy Scholarship guarantees up to $100,000 over four years to all military veterans, active-duty military personnel and their children. McDaniel also participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

• The annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation takes place at 6:30 p.m. May 24 in WMC Alumni Hall. Graduating seniors receive academic, activity and leadership awards. Prior to the Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation, graduating seniors will process from Baker Memorial Chapel through Ward Memorial Arch to WMC Alumni Hall.