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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 the benediction.

Manchester, a Church of the Brethren college with 1,075 students, offers 45 areas study. For more information about the college, visit


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