Western Maryland College to hold graduation Saturday

Education board director, TV reporter to be honored

May 21, 1999

Western Maryland College will hold its commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Saturday in Robert Joshua Gill Center on the Westminster campus.

The college will confer 650 degrees: 344 bachelor's degrees and 306 master's degrees.

This year's honorary degree recipients are Bob Faw, NBC News national correspondent, and Walter Sondheim, Maryland education and development leader.

Faw has received numerous awards for his on-camera work, including three Emmys and the 1982 Overseas Press Club Award for his coverage of the invasion of Lebanon by Israel.

Faw reported for CBS News for 17 years as a news correspondent based in New York and a Chicago-based reporter. He co-wrote "Thunder in America: the Impossible Campaign of the Rev. Jesse Jackson" with Los Angeles Times reporter Nancy Skeleton.

Sondheim is president of the Maryland State Board of Education, and has been a leader in Maryland education and development for more than 50 years. He chaired the Governor's Commission on School Performance that in 1989 produced the Sondheim Report, a blueprint for school reform establishing public accountability and a statewide school improvement program.

Sondheim's leadership roles with several city groups contributed significantly to the revitalization of downtown Baltimore.

Speakers for the ceremony include undergraduate student Prakash C. Wright; master's degree candidate Steven C. Shoup; Howard A. Newman, father of graduate Robert Newman and sophomore Caren Newman; and Susan Milstein, associate professor of economics and business administration.

Retiring faculty members earning emeritus status are Stephen Colyer, associate professor of psychology; Donald Jones, chemistry professor; and Joan Weyers, assistant professor of exercise science and physical education.

Other awards being presented will include honors convocation awards, distinguished high school teacher award, Argonaut award and Ridington Writing award.

The graduating class also will be inducted into the WMC Alumni Association. College marshals for the ceremonies will be Sherri L. Hughes, Alton D. Law, James E. Lightner and Milstein.

A reception will follow the commencement.

Pub Date: 5/21/99

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