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Moravian College to hold Commencement on May 16

The Ceremony will conclude the 267th academic year at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., May 8, 2009—Moravian College will hold commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16, beginning at 10 a.m., in the outdoor quadrangle behind the Haupert Union Building on the Main Street Campus. The ceremony will conclude the 267th 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 390 bachelor degree candidates, 20 Master of Business Administration degree candidates, and 18 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. Carl Patrick Robinson, Class of 2009, (Boothwyn, Pa.) will deliver the Statement of the Bachelor's Graduates.  Robinson will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics and secondary teaching certification. He served as president of the math honors society Pi Mu Epsilon at Moravian. For the past two years, he was a captain on the Greyhound football team, he received honors including 2008 ESPN the Magazine academic all district II first team, and 2009 ECAC Division III Southwest Football All-Star team.  He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and served as both president and vice-president of Moravian’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

M.B.A. degree candidate Dorrit Emerich (Hellertown, Pa.) was selected to deliver the statement of the Master's Graduates. She is the St. Luke's Occumed Resources Liaison for the Bethlehem, Allentown, and Quakertown locations. A graduate of Southern Lehigh High School and Albright College. Emerich is a member of the Network of Young Professionals, and actively volunteers for many of St. Luke's charitable events.

Dr. William Falla, and adjunct professor of philosophy at Moravian since 2003, has been selected to present the Faculty Statement to the Graduates.  Professor Falla is ordained in the United Church of Christ and has served St John's UCC-Mickleys in Whitehall, Pa. since 1994.  Falla served as chaplain and assistant professor of religion at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa. from 1983 to 1994.

Falla earned a B.A. in Chemistry from SUNY Binghamton, a M.S. in Geology from Penn State, and a Th.M. and Th.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

The Moravian College baccalaureate service is scheduled for Friday, May 15, at 5 p.m., in Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pa. The honored speaker will be the Reverend Peg Chemberlin.  A Moravian clergywoman, and executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches for 13 years,  Reverend Chemberlin is president-elect of the National Council of Churches. In November of this year, she will become the leader of an organization whose constituency is 45 million people in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.  Under her leadership, the Minnesota Council of Churches has been recognized as a model of the best practices for ecumenical and conciliar organizations. The council’s membership has grown 30 percent, half of which is from the historic Black Churches.  She has engaged Native American tribal leaders throughout her state, participated in a cross-sector effort to eliminate poverty in Minnesota by 2020, and launched the “Decade for Development of Leadership for the Common Good.” She is among the 25 people recently selected to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and a member of its economic recovery and poverty task force.  Before moving into the leadership of the Council, Reverend Chemberlin was director of Minnesota FoodShare. 

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 http://www.moravian.edu/studentLife/commencement/index.htm