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Moravian College to hold Commencement on May 10

The Ceremony will conclude the 266th academic year at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., May 6, 2008—Moravian College will hold commencement exercises on Saturday, May 10, beginning at 10 a.m., in the outdoor quadrangle behind the Haupert Union Building on the Main Street Campus. The ceremony will conclude the 266th academic year at Moravian, America’s sixth-oldest college. In the event of rain, the program will be held in Johnston Hall. Moravian College President Christopher M. Thomforde will confer degrees to approximately 376 bachelor degree candidates, 18 Master of Business Administration degree candidates, and 10 Master of Education degree candidates.

In honor of a longstanding Moravian College tradition, the graduating class elected a student and a faculty member to speak at the commencement ceremony. Andrew Piccone, Class of 2008, (Larchmont, N.Y.) will deliver the Statement of the Bachelor's Graduates. Piccone pursued a self-designed major in Photojournalism. He was a writer and later the photo of the student newspaper, The Comenian. Piccone helped in the creation of Songs From the Lobster Pot, a literary and poetry magazine at Moravian. A member of Kappa Pi, the art honor society, he spent the fall 2007 semester studying photography in Rome, Italy.

Moravian’s graduate students selected Laurie Sage (Bethlehem, Pa.), Class of 2008, M.Ed. degree candidate, to deliver the Statement of the Master's Graduates. Sage is an English language arts teacher at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa. A graduate of Moravian College with a B.A. in English, Sage is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and is an adolescent literacy researcher.

Dr. Khristina Haddad, assistant professor of political science, has been selected to present the Faculty Statement to the Graduates.  Haddad teaches courses in political theory and gender studies including a writing-intensive course on visionary political writing that is affiliated with the German studies and women's studies programs Her research interests include politics of time and temporality, German political theorist Hannah Arendt, political action, feminist theory, women's studies, and, in particular, the politics of women's health.. She is currently researching Take Back Your Time, a political movement dedicated to combating time thievery and alleviating time poverty in order to secure time for people to take care of their bodies, minds, families, communities, and governments. Haddad earned a B.A. from  Reed College; an M.A. from McGill University; and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

The Moravian College baccalaureate service is scheduled for Friday, May 9, at 5 p.m., in Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pa. The honored speaker will be The Rt. Reverend Fredrick Houk Borsch who will present a talk titled, “The Gem.” A retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles (1988-2002), Borsch is professor of the New Testament and chair of Anglican Studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. Prior to his appointment, Borsch was interim dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University and associate dean of the Yale Divinity School. A specialist in New Testament studies, he has held teaching posts at the University of Birmingham, Seabury-Western and the General Theological Seminaries, and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, where he served as dean and president from 1972 to 1981.  Prior to his election as bishop of Los Angeles, he was dean of the Chapel with rank of professor of religion at Princeton University where he taught history, archaeology, and religions of the ancient world.  From 1988 to 2000, he was chair of the Theology Committee for the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church.  He is also an adjunct professor of religion at the University of Southern California. 

A member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Borsch has held numerous leadership positions within local, national, and international charities and organizations.  Borsch is a contributor of essays, articles and poetry to a number of journals and newspapers and has authored 17 books.  He has given seminary lectures at a number of institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Borsch earned a B.A. from Princeton University, a B.A. and a M.A. from Oxford University, a S.T.B from the General Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham. 

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 http://www.moravian.edu. For more information on commencement at Moravian, visit www.moravian.edu/studentLife/commencement