. . .and, of course, the weather
ago, we needed an ark (captained by Noah) to get to Commencement.
Last year, the graduating class and their proud parents
during an unseasonably cold May, and the HUB
did a land-office business in hot chocolate and blankets.
This year, cross your
fingers for blue skies and sunshine. Not just for the
prettiness of the day, but because 2004 has the largest
some time: 417
undergraduates and 16 graduate students. With those numbers, Johnston Hall
would be a very tight squeeze.
At this Commencement, the College will award
an honorary doctorate to Edwin A. Wallace, a Bethlehem
physician who has devoted much of his career to health
in the developing world. Dr. Wallace has been the shepherd and mentor of
many young doctors who have been inspired to go to Third World hospitals
clinics to address the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis, malnutrition, and
Moravian Theological Seminary
will give an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Reverend
Frederica Goliath, the first ordained woman in the Moravian
of South Africa. Yes, her name is pronounced as it is in the Bible.
Goliath was first a teacher of home economics and a youth
volunteer with the Moravian Church. She was ordained
a pastor in 1988. She has
had many responsibilities
in church administration since then: and she was the church’s
representative at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president of
South Africa in
Speakers at the ceremonies:
• Baccalaureate: the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, First Lady of Pennsylvania
and a judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Undergraduate student, Commencement: Scott Williams ’04,
Bangor, an Honors grad in political science with a minor in business
(management). He has been
on the track team for three years and also is a three-year member
of United Student Government. This year, as USG vice president
for operations, he helped arrange
President Rokke’s informal meetings with students in campus
Scott is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity,
the leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Alpha
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. Last fall, he was selected
a Cohen Scholar on the basis of his excellent
grades and manifold campus activities.
• Graduate student, Commencement: Susan Herbold Benson, a candidate for
the M.Ed. A resident of Sparta, New Jersey, where she teaches kindergarten at
the Helen Morgan School, Susan 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 its Golden Apple Teaching Award.
Faculty, Commencement. Bob Brill, associate professor of psychology. He’s
spoken once before, in 1994. • Student, Seminary Commencement: Cheryl Stoneback, Quakertown, candidate
• Faculty, Seminary Commencement: Charles Hargis, professor on the J. Taylor
Hamilton Chair of Doctrinal Theology. He has taught at the Seminary since 1977
retire at the end of the academic year.
Marjorie Rendell, left, accompanied by a politician
who apparently intends to interview Punxsutawney Phil
on a cold day in February.
Why else the microphone?
p.m. Friday, May 14, Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem.
Commencement 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 15, on the Quad. Unless
it rains. Which it won’t.
Seminary Commencement 4:00
p.m. Saturday, May 15, Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem.