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Bethlehem, Pa., May 10, 2011?Moravian College will hold commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14, beginning at 10 a.m., in the outdoor quadrangle behind the Haupert Union Building on the Main Street Campus. The ceremony will conclude the 269th 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 388 bachelor degree candidates, 14 Master of Business Administration degree candidates, and 20 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. Charles R. Welsko III (Nazareth, Pa.) will deliver the statement of the Bachelor?s Graduates. Welsko will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He has served as a Resident Advisor, an admission 26 Points ambassador, and worked in the history department as well as being a member of the Christian Fellowship, History Club, along with several other Honor Societies.
Katie P. Desiderio, assistant professor of management at Moravian since 2009, has been selected by 2011 graduates to present the Faculty Statement. Desiderio holds a bachelor?s degree in business administration and an M.B.A. from Wilkes University, and a Ph.D. from Barry University. She teaches courses in management theory, human resources management, organizational behavior & leadership, and marketing management.
While at Moravian, Desiderio has been awarded the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence (2010) and has advised a SOAR and honors project for a current 2011 graduate. Desiderio?s research interest is in the area of flow and finding happiness to optimize performance at work. Desiderio is also involved in research with fellow scholars in the areas of physiognomy, social and transitional justice issues in HRD, perceived leader behavior and organizational citizenship behavior. She is the advisor to the Economics and Business Club, Alpha Sigma Tau (AST) sorority, and the co-advisor to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
From the Comenius Center, M.B.A. degree candidate Joshua Dodd (Northampton, Pa.) was selected to deliver the statement of the Master's Graduates. He is a vice president of business banking for Wells Fargo Bank in the Lehigh Valley. Dodd received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Moravian in 1999. He is a member of the Risk Management Association and actively volunteers as the chairman of the Allentown Development Company. His past service includes a three-year term as president of the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce.
The Moravian College baccalaureate service is scheduled for Friday, May 13, at 5 p.m., in Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pa. The honored speaker will be the Rt. Reverend C. Hopeton Clennon, chaplain for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. His talk is titled ?Senses and Firewalls.?
A native of Jamaica, Clennon earned a B.A. in theology at the University of the West Indies and a diploma in Ministerial Studies at United Theological College of the West Indies. He was a member of the Moravian Theological Seminary Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2006. He brings twenty-five years of experience from five distinctly different pastoral settings: two in Jamaica and three in the United States, including Washington D.C., Nazareth, Pa., and Downey, California.
The Rev. Clennon has also been on a number of boards and committees, such as the Interprovincial Faith and Order Commission, and has served as chaplain of Moravian youth camps around the country; he is presently treasurer of the Downey Philatelic Society. He was a founding member of the service agency Unites of Jamaica, Ltd. and the Jamaica Ecumenical Mutual Mission.
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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College?s Web site at www.moravian.edu. For more information on commencement at Moravian, visit http://www.moravian.edu/studentLife/commencement/.