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Moravian College to Hold Commencement on May 12

The Ceremony will conclude the 270th academic year at Moravian College

GraduationBethlehem, Pa., May 8, 2012—Moravian College will hold commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 10 a.m., in the outdoor quadrangle behind the Haupert Union Building on the Main Street Campus. The ceremony will conclude the 270th 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 406 bachelor degree candidates, 12 Master of Business Administration degree candidates, and 18 Master of Education degree candidates, 7 Master of Science degree candidates, and 2 Master of Science in Human Resource Management 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. Anna Whetstone (Hummelstown, Pa.) will deliver the statement of the Bachelor’s Graduates.

Whetstone will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience (with honors) and a minor in Spanish. During her career at Moravian, she was a student advisor, 26 points ambassador, HUB building manager, 2012 homecoming ambassador, recipient of the alumni fellow award (2011-2012), president of Omicron Delta Kappa the leadership honor society, member and former editor historian of Alpha Sigma Alpha, member of Tri-Beta biology honor society, Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honor society, Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek honor society, and former president of both the Campus Community Connection and The Environmental Coalition. After graduation, Whetstone will be working at Johns Hopkins as a clinical research coordinator.

Gary Olson, professor of political Science who has taught at Moravian since 1974, has been selected by 2012 graduates to present the Faculty Statement. Olson, an expert in international political economy, labor politics, U.S. foreign policy in the Third World, received his B.A. from Concordia College; M.A. from University of South Dakota; and Ph.D. from University of Colorado. Olson has authored books including How the World Works, The Other Europe, and U.S. Foreign Policy and the Third World Peasant. In 1977, Olson was awarded a Fulbright to Finland; in 1990, he received a Fulbright to Egypt and Jordan, and he received another in 1995 to Mexico. He was also awarded the Malone Fellow to Syria and Kuwait in 1993. He is a recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Moravian.

From the Comenius Center, M.S. degree candidate Joan Snyder, R.N. (Macungie, Pa.) was selected to deliver the statement of the Master's Graduates. Snyder, a major in nursing, and the nursing administration track, is currently coordinator for clinical quality improvement at St. Luke’s University Health Network. She received her diploma degree in nursing from Allentown Hospital School of Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in nursing from The Pennsylvania State University. Snyder is a certified professional in health care quality, a member of the Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Pennsylvania Eastern Region of Nurse Leaders, the National Association for Health Care Quality and the Alumni Association of Allentown Hospital School of Nursing. She is also an active hospice volunteer with the VNA of St. Luke’s.

The Moravian College baccalaureate service is scheduled for Friday, May 11, at 5 p.m., in Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pa. The honored speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Craig D. Atwood, Charles D. Couch associate professor of Moravian theology and ministry, and director of the Center for Moravian Studies at Moravian Theological Seminary.

Atwood was ordained as a minister in the Moravian Church after graduating from Moravian Seminary in 1987, and he received his Ph.D. in historical theology from Princeton Seminary in 1995. He believes that modern congregations should draw upon the wisdom and insights of generations of Christian thinkers in the great tradition of the faith. In his several books and articles, Attwood has offered new interpretations of Moravian history, especially the radical aspects of Zinzendorf’s theology. He is helping the broader Christian church rediscover the riches of the Moravian theological heritage, including concepts like the Motherhood of the Holy Spirit and the woundedness of the Savior. He has served as chaplain of two Moravian institutions of higher education (Moravian College and Salem College) and taught on the faculty of Salem College and Wake Forest University. He was also Theologian in Residence at Home Moravian Church where he taught the Adult Bible Class, which was broadcast live on local radio. He is overly fond of Monty Python and Eddie Izzard, and his annual reading of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" was a tradition at both Salem Academy and Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.

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.