More about 2006 Commencement
O’Bannon, new graduates
key podium roles
Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon will deliver the 2006 commencement
message and receive an honorary degree at Manchester College on Sunday,
May 21. About 216 students will receive bachelor’s degrees, 10 will
receive masters of accountancy degrees and one will receive an
associate’s degree, said Registrar Lila D. Hammer.
Graduating seniors have several key podium roles on Graduation Day.
Music major James B. Hutchings of Wabash will offer reflections at the
2:30 p.m. commencement in the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC).
Earlier in the day, he will direct the College’s A Cappella Choir in his
arrangement of Kwmbaya for 11 a.m. baccalaureate services in
Spanish and music major Sarah A. Reed of Mishawaka, Ind., and peace
studies major Benjamin G. Leiter of New Windsor, Md., will offer
reflections at baccalaureate, and education major Meagan E. Harlow of
Clayton, Ohio will call the congregation to worship and deliver the
invocation. Sociology major Kelsey D. Swanson of Elgin, Ill., will give
the benediction at commencement
and religion major Eric M.
Strobel of Indianapolis will read scripture for baccalaureate.
President Jo Young Switzer will deliver the charge to graduates and
confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on Judy O’Bannon,
a lifelong community activist and volunteer. The widow of Gov. Frank
O’Bannon also shares leadership of Indianapolis Peace House, a
Plowshares collaboration of the state’s three historic peace colleges –
Manchester, Earlham and Goshen. She continues to advocate for education,
the environment and community development.
A large percentage of Manchester College’s 2006 graduates and faculty
members will wear small green ribbons on their gowns, signifying they
The Graduation Pledge
of Social and Environmental Responsibility.
The pledge, headquartered at Manchester College with more than 100
member colleges and universities, is voluntary:
I pledge to explore and take into account the social and
environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve
these aspects of any organizations for which I work.
with 1,104 students from 25 states and 30 countries, offers 45 areas of
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