Manchester to graduate
224 students on May 22
A total of 224 students will receive diplomas Sunday for undergraduate
and graduate study at Manchester College. In addition, 13th
MC President Parker G. Marden will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters and will deliver the Baccalaureate and Commencement messages.
The College expects to confer 211 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master of
accountancy and two associate’s degrees on Sunday afternoon, according
to Registrar Lila Hammer. (One student will receive an associate’s and
bachelor’s degree.) Seating is reserved for the 2:30 p.m. graduation
ceremony in the Physical Education and Recreation Center. The
Baccalaureate service begins at 11 a.m. in Cordier Auditorium; the
public is invited.
At least 100 of the students are expected to wear a small green ribbon
on their gowns, signifying they have joined the Graduation Pledge
Alliance to foster environmental and social responsibility in their
future careers and jobs.
Dr. Marden will present diplomas for the last time to graduates at the
2005 Commencement. Currently serving on leave, Dr. Marden retires June
30 after 11 years with the College. Dr. Jo Young Switzer assumed the
presidency on Dec. 1.
During his presidency, Dr. Marden brought considerable change to the
College, both physically and fiscally. A $16.9 million Science Center
nears completion, Funderburg Library and the Physical Education and
Recreation Center were enlarged and a new recital hall was dedicated. In
addition, the College met and surpassed its $52 million The Next Step
fund-raising goal a full year early.
While Dr. Marden is delivering the key addresses for the ceremonies
Sunday, graduating seniors also are taking the podium.
Wendy J. Matheny of Peoria and Crystal S. Waggy of Goshen will present
the senior reflections at Baccalaureate and seniors will join the A
Cappella Choir. Andrea R. Dillon of Vandalia, Ohio will read scripture
at Baccalaureate. At Commencement, Laura A. Stone of Kokomo will give
Manchester, a Church of the Brethren college with 1,075 students, offers
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