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Moravian College to hold Commencement on May 14

The Ceremony will conclude the 263rd academic year at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., May 6, 2005— Moravian College will hold commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the outdoor quadrangle behind the Haupert Union Building. The ceremony will conclude the 263rd academic year at Moravian, America’s sixth-oldest college. In the event of rain, the program will be held in Johnston Hall.

The College will present an honorary doctorate to Gaston Caperton, former governor of West Virginia, president of The College Board, a not-for-profit membership association of more that 4,500 colleges, universities, and schools.

The College will grant degrees to approximately 348 bachelor degree candidates, 16 Master of Business Administration degree candidates, and 10 Master of Education degree candidates.

Caperton is being honored for his efforts to lead America’s young men and women to scholastic opportunity and success. Since he assumed leadership of the College Board in 1999, he has moved quickly to improve the standards and to expand the reach of the College Board's SAT®, the nation's premier college admissions exam, and Advanced Placement Program® (AP®), a series of rigorous college-level courses given in high schools. He has also spearheaded a sweeping series of complementary initiatives that better enable the College Board to serve educators and millions of the nation’s schoolchildren. One such service is collegeboard.com, the number one destination for student research and application to colleges. Another new program is SpringBoard™, a grade 6-12 suite of curricular, professional development, and diagnostic assessment services. For a detailed biography, visit the College Board website at: http://www.collegeboard.com/about/association/presidentbio.html.

In honor of a longstanding Moravian College tradition, the graduating class recently elected a faculty member and a student to speak at the commencement ceremony. Dr. Christopher Jones has been selected to give the Statement to the Graduates. Jones, an assistant professor of biology, has been teaching at Moravian since 1999. He is a graduate of Haverford College and has received a M. Phil and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Michael McCartney (Harveys Lake, Pa.), Class of 2005, will deliver the Statement of the Bachelor's Graduates. He is a double major in English and History. McCartney is a Student, an active member of the Moravian College Theatre Company and a senator for the United Student Government. He has been an active member of C3, Campus Community Connection. McCartney has been inducted into the History, Theatre, Leadership and English honors societies and participates on several committees. During his junior year he studied at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford and this past summer he was one of the first Moravian students to experience LeaderShape. McCartney plans to return to Oxford this summer for additional study, and then to pursue an M.A. degree in Medieval History at McGill University, Montreal.

Janette Roman (Sparta, N.J.), a candidate for the M.B.A., was selected to deliver the Statement of the Master’s Graduates. Roman is an employee at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. where she holds the position of Performance Polymers Regional Analyst/SAP Power User for Chemicals Decision Support. She has received numerous Employee Recognition Awards from Air Products. A member of the Institute of Management Accountants, Roman received a B.S. from Cedar Crest College.

The Moravian College baccalaureate service is scheduled for Friday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m., in Central Moravian Church. The honored speaker will be Reverend Luis A. Cortés, executive director of the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia, and president of Nueva Esperanza, Inc., a community development corporation.

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