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Moravian College will bestow honorary degrees on two distinguished members of the Lehigh Valley business community at its commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Honorary doctorates will be awarded to Charles J. Peischl, chair of the Moravian College Board of Trustees, and to H. A. Wagner, chairman of the board, and president and CEO of Air Products, Inc.
At the graduation ceremonies in the outdoor quadrangle behind the Haupert Union Building, the College will grant degrees to approximately 306 bachelor’s degree candidates and 24 MBA candidates. In case of rain, the program will be held in Johnston Hall. The ceremony will conclude the 257th academic year at Moravian, America’s sixth-oldest college.
Charles J. Peischl will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Moravian College, which will be presented to him by Priscilla Payne Hurd, vice chair, Moravian College Board of Trustees. Peischl has served as a member of the Moravian College Board of Trustees since 1983 and as chairman of the Board since October 1992. He is a partner in the law firm of Peters, Moritz, Peischl, Zulick & Landes located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
Peischl received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University in 1966 and then went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Peischl is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Northampton County Bar Associations. His practice emphasis is estate planning, estate and trust administration, and business law.
H.A. Wagner will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Moravian College, which will be presented to him by Harry G. Dimopoulos, treasurer, Moravian College Board of Trustees.
Wagner received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1958, and an MBA from Harvard University in 1963. He joined Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in 1963 in the company’s applied research and development department. He rose through the ranks becoming president of Air Products Europe in 1988. Wagner was named executive vice president of world gases and equipment in 1990. In January 1991, Wagner was elected to Air Product’s Board, and later that year became president and chief operating officer. He assumed his current position of chairman of the Board, president and chief executive officer in 1992. Wagner also serves on the board of directors of CIGNA Corporation, United Technologies Corporation, and Daido-Hoxan—Japan’s second largest industrial gas company. 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. Carole K. Brown, associate professor of English, will give the "Statement to the Graduates". Gonzalo Luciano Garcia-Pedroso, class of 1999, will deliver the "Statement of the Bachelor’s Graduates." Wendy L. Esch, class of 1999, was selected by the M.B.A program to deliver the "Statement of the Master’s Graduates."
A baccalaureate service will be held on Friday, May 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Central Moravian Church. Fr. Daniel G. Gambet, o.s.f.s., president of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, will be the Moravian College baccalaureate speaker. His address will be entitled "They Shall Know There Has Been a Prophet among Them." Father Gambet is retiring this year as president of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, where he has worked since he became the first academic dean there in 1965.