In order of appearance, here is the roster
of speakers and honorees at Baccalaureate and the College
and Seminary Commencements.
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Wee will speak to the assembled multitudes at Baccalaureate.
His address is titled “The Calling of the Class of 2003.”
A member of the Board of Trustees of Moravian
Theological Seminary, Dr. Wee is pastor emeritus of Lutheran
the Reformation in Washington, D.C., the parish of President
and Mrs. Rokke before they came to Moravian.
Among his many
positions of international service, he was a member of
the U.N. Observer Mission that oversaw South
Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994; and he
was a mediator in the negotiations leading to the 1996 peace
agreement between rebel factions and the government of Guatemala
after a 36-year civil war.
J.R. Giacchi ’03, Franklin, New Jersey, the undergraduate
speaker at Commencement, has an interdepartmental major in
physics/math and management. J.R. was a varsity football
player who earned several Middle Atlantic Conference honors
and is a member of IMPACT, United Student Government and
the Society of Physics Students. He is listed in Who’s
Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
The M.B.A. speaker is Richard A. Fehr of Bath, director of
member services for the credit union of Air Products & Chemicals
Inc. He received his undergraduate degree in business administration
from Penn State in 1985.
• James Ravelle, Professor of Sociology, Law, and Public Management
and chair of the Sociology Department, is the faculty speaker,
for the sixth time since coming here to teach in 1978.
Moravian College will award honorary degrees to:
Margaret L. McClure ’61, who served for 20 years as
executive director of nursing, chief operating officer, and
hospital administrator at New York University Medical Center.
As a graduate of Moravian’s first nursing program,
her presence is a tribute to the first graduating class of
St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing at Moravian College.
She will receive a Doctor of Laws.
• Walter Turnbull, at right, founder-director
of the Boys Choir of Harlem. He will receive a Doctor of
At the Seminary commencement, the address
will be given by Willard L. Harstine ’62
(M.D.V.), associate professor of pastoral theology on
Edward Rondthaler Chair of Practical
Theology, who retires at the end of the academic
year. He was College chaplain for four years
before joining the Seminary
faculty in 1986.
• The senior address will be given
by John McCarthy, Madison, Wisconsin.
The seminary will
award two honorary Doctor
of Divinity degrees:
• Wallace M. Alston Jr. founded the Pastoral-Theologian Program
of the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey.
• Rev. Virginia L. Goodman is the first
woman of African descent to be ordained in the worldwide
Moravian Church. A native
of Trinidad and Tobago, she became
a charter member of the John Hus Moravian congregation
in Brooklyn, where she served
after her ordination in 1978.
she taught at Lusangi Moravian Theological Seminary in
the first time
this community had
been served by a woman pastor.
The college will award 260 Bachelor of Arts
degrees, seven Bachelor of Music degrees, 67 Bachelor of
15 Master of Business Administration degrees, and eight Master
of Education degrees.
The seminary will award 10 Master of
Divinity degrees (the academic prerequisite to ordination
in most denominations),
four Master of Arts degrees in Pastoral Counseling, and
three Master of Arts degrees in Theological Studies.
p.m. Friday, Central Moravian Church
College Commencement 10:00 a.m. Saturday, the Quad
Seminary Commencement 4:00
Central Moravian Church