2003 took place under cool grey skies in this unseasonably chilly
May. (Pause for a chorus of “How cold was it?”) It
was cold enough that the bookstore did a land-office business
in Moravian sweatshirts and throws, while the HUB sold 550 cups
of hot chocolate. But at least it didn’t rain. This was
no repeat of the deluge of 2002.
than its March-like weather, this year’s Commencement
was notable for:
Its size. There were 328 undergraduates (compared with 281 in 2002),
including a hearty 63 recipients of the Bachelor of Science (compared
with 36 in 2002). Fourteen M.B.A. degrees were awarded, as well
as eight in the new Master of Education curriculum, a degree program
for working teachers.
Its awards. Twenty-four students received Honors for research projects
submitted in their majors, including a rare entry in philosophy.
Edward C. Schultz ’62, a high school history teacher retired
from the Parkland School District in Allentown, established a new
prize in history that carries a generous $1,000 annual award. The
first went to Stacie Roos, who spent last summer in South Africa
working for an alternative newspaper and researching an Honors
project on rape, one of the least-studied aftereffects of the apartheid
system. Two more new awards were established for the School of
Its honorees. The College gave honorary doctorates to Margaret
McClure ’61 and Walter Turnbull,
founder and director of the Boys Choir of Harlem. The Seminary
honored Wallace M. Alston Jr., who founded the Pastoral-Theologian
Program of the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton,
N.J., and the Rev. Virginia Goodman, the first woman of African
to be appointed a deacon in the Moravian Church.