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Moravian College to Hold Commencement on May 11

The ceremony will conclude the 271st academic year at Moravian College

CommencementBethlehem, Pa., May 7, 2013—Moravian College will hold commencement exercises on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 10 a.m., in the outdoor quadrangle behind the Haupert Union Building on the Main Street Campus. The ceremony will conclude the 271st 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 398 bachelor degree candidates, 14 Master of Business Administration degree candidates, and 15 Master of Education degree candidates, 15 Master of Science degree candidates, and 1 Master of Science in Human Resource Management candidates.

Among the graduates is Rianne Stowell ’13 (Coopersburg, Pa.) who has been selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student award for 2013-2014 to Spain. She will graduate from Moravian with dual degrees, a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. In the fall, she will travel to Spain to conduct research in the University of Seville’s Department of Pharmacology and then attend graduate school at the University of Rochester in 2014.

Moravian College will present Lyn Trodahl Chynoweth ’68 with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters. Gordon Weil, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, will confer the honor to Chynoweth for her contributions as chair of the Board of Trustees for both the College and Seminary.

In honor of a longstanding Moravian College tradition, the graduating class elected a student and a faculty member to speak at the commencement ceremony. Kyle Goodbred will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in the biological sciences. During his career here at Moravian, he was a Resident Advisor, Community Advisor, Speaker of the United Student Government Senate, peer tutor, member of Alpha Psi Omega theater honor society, Comenius Scholar, Emerging Leader, Add-Venture Student, LinC C Committee member, and Student Representative on the Presidential Search Committee.

The graduating class recently elected faculty member Dr. Christopher Jones to give the Statement to the Graduates. Jones, associate professor of biology, has been teaching at Moravian since 1999. Currently, his research focuses on genetic aspects of behavior, particularly learning and memory. He is a graduate of Haverford College and has received a M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

From the Comenius Center, M.B.A. degree candidate, William Donbar (Macungie, Pa.) was selected to deliver the statement of the Master's graduates. Donbar, a supply chain management concentration student in the M.B.A. program, is currently a supply chain planner for Crayola LLC. He received his Bachelor of Arts in management from Moravian College. Donbar is a member of the Institute for Supply Management. He is active as a volunteer for Musikfest and the Celtic Classic, as well as being an avid golfer.

The Moravian College baccalaureate service is scheduled for Friday, May 10, at 5 p.m., in Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pa. The honored speaker will be Christopher M. Thomforde, president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Tom Dubreuil by email: tdubreuil@moravian.edu, or by phone 610 625-7051. 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.