McDaniel College to award degrees Saturday

May 13, 2007

McDaniel College will award more than 375 bachelor's and 250 master's degrees at the college's 137th commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday in Gill Center.

Student awards include the Argonaut Award, presented annually 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.

Graduating McDaniel seniors who are members of the college's Army ROTC program will be commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The annual Baccalaureate service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Baker Memorial Chapel.

Commencement speakers, who both will be awarded honorary degrees, include David Gergen, editor at-large for U.S. News and World Report, and Carla Hayden, executive director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Gergen also is a political contributor for several TV networks, professor of public service at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of its Center for Public Leadership.

Hayden, the Pratt's executive director since 1993, helped revitalize the library by updating its technology, building an annex for the central library and improving outreach services with an after-school center that offers teens homework help as well as college and career counseling.

She is an active member of the American Library Association.

Admission to commencement is by ticket.

Information: 410-857-2294.

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