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Moravian College announces Janine Jagger ’72 will address graduates at the 2018 commencement ceremony

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BETHLEHEM, PA., February 19, 2018: Today, Moravian College announced Dr. Janine Jagger, class of 1972, will serve as commencement speaker at the college’s 276th commencement ceremony on May 12, 2018 on the Main Street campus in Bethlehem, Pa.  

Jagger is a MacArthur Fellow and a faculty member at the University of Virginia. As a young research epidemiologist, Dr. Jagger led efforts to mitigate the spread of bloodborne diseases among healthcare professionals by championing improved safety-engineered devices that incorporated needle-shielding or needle-retracting features. Her innovation and insight resulted in five U.S. patents throughout her career and led her to stand next to President Bill Clinton as he signed the U.S. Needlestick and Safety Act of 2000 into law.

“We are very honored to have Janine Jagger, a distinguished Moravian alumna with so many notable professional achievements to her credit, address our graduates in May,” said Bryon L. Grigsby, ‘90, president of Moravian College. “Janine provides an excellent example of the ingenuity and perseverance that our students would do well to emulate in their careers, no matter which professional path they follow.”

The 2018 Moravian College commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. on the Main Street campus of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Approximately 450 undergraduate, 50 graduate, and 25 seminary students will receive their degrees at this year’s ceremony.

Media contact: Michael Corr, Director of Marketing and Communications, corrm@moravian.edu610.861.1365.

About Moravian College

Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. For more than 275 years, the Moravian College degree has been based on a liberal arts curriculum where literature, history, science, cultural values, global issues, ethics, artistic expression, and the social sciences are infused with multidisciplinary perspectives. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian College liberal arts curriculum prepares its students for life-long success.