McDaniel's commencement is Saturday

Jim and Kate Lehrer to get honorary degrees

May 16, 2004

McDaniel College will award more than 850 bachelor's and master's degrees at its 134th commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday in Gill Center.

Journalists and authors Jim and Kate Lehrer will be this year's honorary degree recipients. Jim Lehrer will receive a doctor of journalism, and Kate Lehrer a doctor of letters.

Jim Lehrer, executive director and anchor of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, has won numerous awards for journalism, including several Emmys, the George Foster Peabody Broadcast Award, William Allen White Foundation Award for Journalistic Merit and the University of Missouri School of Journalism's Medal of Honor.

He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the author of 11 novels, two memoirs and three plays.

Kate Lehrer, a writer and founding member of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation Board, received the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Novel of 1996 for her book, Out of Eden.

She also wrote Best Intentions and When They Took Away the Man in the Moon. She has published short stories, articles and reviews. Her fourth novel, Confessions of a Bigamist, was released Tuesday.

The Westminster college also will honor Sam Case, provost and dean of the faculty, and Brian Lockhard, associate professor of education, who are retiring.

Case, who joined the faculty in 1965, has served as provost since 2000. Lockhard, a former Carroll County superintendent of schools, has taught at the college since 1998.

Student awards will include the Argonaut Award, presented to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point average, and the Edith Farr Ridington Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award for the best honors paper.

Earlier on commencement day, nine graduating seniors who are members of the college's Army ROTC program will be commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army. The ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall.

McDaniel's annual baccalaureate service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in Baker Memorial Chapel.

Information: 410-857-2290.

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