College Concludes 272nd Academic Year at May 10 Commencement
In honor of a longstanding Moravian College tradition, the graduating class elected a student and a faculty member to speak at the College’s commencement exercises scheduled on campus for Saturday, May 10. The exercise will allow elected student Anders P. Engman ’14 a platform to share his reflections on his last four years, highlighting the “many great opportunities and meaningful life lessons” Moravian has provided him.
A double major in psychology and sociology with a concentration in pre-law, Engman explained that his speech’s message is based around the idea of “looking ahead and living an ethical and fulfilling life,” he said.
Engman added, “I hope to convey these pillars of conduct and character because I believe in a greater good and that greater good is only achieved through the collaboration of many separate individuals toward a common understanding: Life itself can be profound and wonderful as long as we let it, as long as we don't distract or inhibit ourselves or others.”
Engman, along with elected faculty member, Robert H. Mayer, professor of education, will provide a voice to this weekend’s festivities, which mark the conclusion of the 272nd academic year at Moravian, America’s sixth-oldest college.
Commencement exercises are scheduled to beginning at 10 a.m., in the outdoor quadrangle behind the Haupert Union Building on the Main Street campus. In the event of rain, the program will be held in Johnston Hall.
Moravian College President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90, who is presiding over his first commencement at his alma mater, will confer degrees to approximately 389 bachelor degree candidates, 19 Master of Business Administration degree candidates, and 10 Master of Education degree candidates, 6 Master of Science degree candidates, and 4 Master of Science in Human Resource Management candidates. Approximately 316 graduates are from Pennsylvania, with 91 hailing from New Jersey.
Mayer, who will provide the statement to the graduates, has taught at Moravian since 1987 and coordinates the College’s secondary education program. In addition, Mayer teaches courses on multicultural and philosophical foundations of education, as well as courses on reflective approaches to teaching for all secondary teachers and for social studies teachers.
After completing his B.S. degree from the University of Cincinnati, Mayer continued his education at Xavier University, receiving an M.A. in history, and Pennsylvania State University, obtaining a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.
From the Comenius Center, William Daniel James Neal has been selected to deliver the statement of the master's graduates.
The Moravian College baccalaureate service is scheduled for Friday, May 9, at 5 p.m., at the Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem. The honored speaker will be Kelly Denton-Borhaug, associate professor of religious studies and co-director of Peace and Justice Studies.
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