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The Ceremony will conclude the 262nd academic year at Moravian College
(Bethlehem, Pa.)—Moravian College will hold commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The College will grant an honorary doctorate to Ned Wallace, a Bethlehem physician who has devoted much of his career to health care in the developing world. Wallace has been the shepherd and mentor of many young doctors who have been inspired to go to Third World hospitals and field clinics to address the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis, malnutrition, and prenatal/congenital conditions.
The College will grant degrees to approximately 417 bachelor degree candidates, seven Master of Business Administration degree candidates, and five Master of Education degree candidates at the graduation ceremonies in the outdoor quadrangle behind the Haupert Union Building. In the event of rain, the program will be held in Johnston Hall. The ceremony will conclude the 262nd academic year at Moravian, America’s sixth-oldest college.
Wallace is being recognized for his distinguished and remarkable work as a physician, medical educator, and health services innovator who has organized and provided life-saving care to underserved patients in such countries as Nicaragua and Swaziland, which has the highest national prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in the world. In his work in Nicaragua and Swaziland, he has focused on delivering health care to entire populations, not simply at a clinic or hospital site. Wallace has demonstrated a special love and appreciation for the empowered role of students in the developing world. He created an elective course that has enabled hundreds of medical students throughout our country to visit Swaziland, where they can witness the ravages of HIV/AIDS firsthand and have an opportunity to provide direct preventative and clinical care to those who suffer most from that devastating pandemic. Wallace is a Bethlehem native who chose to establish his medical practice far from the comforts of home, in the world’s most difficult health environments. As he has said of his work in Swaziland, “I was the only doctor for a population of 35,000. It was fatiguing, frustrating, exhilarating, exciting, challenging, and overwhelming.”
In keeping with a longstanding Moravian College tradition, the graduating class recently elected a faculty member and a student to speak at the commencement ceremony. For the second time, Dr. Bob Brill, associate professor of psychology, has been selected to give the Statement to the Graduates. He was previously honored in 1994. Brill has been teaching at Moravian since 1992. He received his B.A. from LaSalle University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Scott Williams (Bangor, Pa.), Class of 2004, will deliver the Statement of the Bachelor’s Graduates. Williams is an Honors student in political science with a minor in business (management). He has been on the track team for three years. He also is a three-year member of United Student Government; this year, as vice president for operations, he helped arrange President Rokke’s informal meetings with students in campus housing. Scott is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary. His Honors project was on energy policy and national security, with a focus on the national electrical grid—and he was able to use the Northeast blackout of August 2003 as a case study in his project. Last fall, he was selected to be a Cohen Scholar on the basis of his excellent grades and manifold campus activities.
Susan Benson (Sparta, N.J.), a candidate for the M.Ed., was selected to deliver the Statement of the Master’s Graduates. Benson teaches kindergarten at the Helen Morgan School. She received her B.S. summa cum laude in education from Wagner College. She’s a former director of the gifted education program in Palmyra, New Jersey, and received the Golden Apple Teaching Award for excellence in gifted education. Benson has received the College’s Master of Education Thesis Award for her research on writing instruction in the kindergarten classroom.
Moravian will hold its baccalaureate service on Friday, May 14, at 5:30 p.m., in Central Moravian Church. The Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, First Lady of Pennsylvania and Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals will be the honored speaker.
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 www.moravian.edu.