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Moravian College Commencement -May 18

The ceremony will conclude the 260th academic year at Moravian

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Moravian College will bestow honorary degrees to two distinguished individuals at its commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Honorary doctorates will be awarded to Curtis H. (Hank) Barnette, chairman emeritus of Bethlehem Steel Corporation and Comenius Professor of Leadership and Executive-in-Residence at Moravian College; and Dr. Philip J. Erdle, president and chief executive officer of International Education Foundation, Inc. The College will grant degrees to approximately 289 bachelor's degree candidates and fifteen MBA degree candidates at the graduation ceremonies in the outdoor quadrangle behind the Haupert Union Building. In the event of rain, the program will be held in Johnston Hall. The ceremony will conclude the 260th academic year at Moravian, America's sixth-oldest college.

Hank BarnetteHank Barnette will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. At his retirement in April 2000, Barnette had served as chairman and chief executive officer of Bethlehem Steel Corporation for six years, capping a career of more than three decades with the firm. A native of West Virginia, Barnette graduated from West Virginia University, Yale Law School, and Harvard University Business School. He was also a Fulbright Scholar and studied international law at the University of Manchester in England.

At a national level, Mr. Barnette has been a valued consultant on international business and trade issues to three administrations. In 1989 and 1991, he was appointed a member of the President's Trade Advisory Committee by President Bush, and again in 1994 and 1997 by President Clinton. He was also appointed to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States by President Reagan in 1988.

Barnette was named Comenius Professor of Leadership and Executive-in-Residence at Moravian College in April 2002. In this role, he has shared his considerable experience, expertise, and insight with undergraduate, MBA, and alumni at the College. At Moravian, he has lectured on ethics and leadership, management and organizational theory, business strategy, and international trade.

Dr. ErdleDr. Philip J. Erdle will also be presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at commencement. Dr. Erdle is currently president and chief executive of International Education Foundation, Inc., where he develops strategies for large governmental and worldwide training systems. Throughout a career devoted to national and international education, Dr. Erdle has also served as president of National Education International, an NEC subsidiary that operated educational programs in 77 training worldwide training centers. He has also directed educational resources development for Bechtel Corporation, where he was responsible for developing education systems for international clients in 22 countries, including the Middle East.

A former member of the Board of Trustees of Moravian College, Dr. Erdle established the Al Williams Leadership Series at Moravian in fall 2001. This program brings prominent, successful community and national leaders to the College for direct dialogue with students on character and leadership development.

A Bethlehem native and graduate of Liberty High School, Dr. Erdle earned a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a master's degree from the University of Michigan, and his doctorate from the University of Colorado. From 1973 to 1979, he served as professor, vice dean of the faculty, and head of the Engineering Division of the U.S. Air Force Academy. In 1979, Dr. Erdle retired from the U.S. Air Force at the rank of brigadier general.

In keeping with a longstanding Moravian College tradition, the graduating class recently elected a faculty member and a student to speak at the commencement ceremony. Dr. Steve Gordy, professor of religion, will give the "Statement to the Graduates". Kevin R. Bush, Class of 2002, will deliver the "Statement of the Bachelor's Graduates." Norman O'Shaughnessy, MBA Class of 2002, was selected by the MBA program to deliver the "Statement of the Master's Graduates."

A baccalaureate service will be held on Friday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m., in Central Moravian Church. The Reverend Dr. Carol J. Vogler, vice president of the Canadian District, will address the graduates at the service. Vogler received her bachelor's degree in religion from Moravian College, and later earned her Master of Theological Studies Degree, Master of Divinity Degree, and Doctorate in Human Ecology from Boston University, Moravian College, and University of Alberta respectively. She is an accomplished human service professional, with much training and experience in diverse roles such as church pastor, program director, case manager, and education coordinator.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Moravian College Web site at www.moravian.edu.