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Westminster College Celebrates 163rd Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies, May 13

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Posted on Monday, May 8, 2017

Nearly 300 students are expected to earn degrees Saturday, May 13, at Westminster College’s 163rd commencement ceremonies.  A baccalaureate service will be held at 10­ a.m. in Orr Auditorium with Commencement at 1 p.m. on the Weisel Senior Terrace of Old Main.

“Commencement is such a joyful occasion on our campus as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students and wish them well as they move forward with their plans for successful and fulfilling lives,” said Westminster College President Dr. Kathy B. Richardson

The baccalaureate message will be given by Dr. and Rev. Gordon S. and Nancy Mikoski, parents of graduating senior Charissa Mikoski. Dr. Mikoski is an associate professor of Christian education at Princeton Theological Seminary and Rev. Mikoski serves at the Pennington Presbyterian Church.

Anthony Easley was selected by the 2017 senior class to give the senior address during commencement. A political science major, Easley is a son of Robert and Marissa Easley and a graduate of Karns City Area Senior High School.

During the ceremony, Dr. Robert S. Gardner ’57 will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa. An alumnus of the College, Dr. Gardner served for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees, including a term as chairman, and is a trustee emeritus.  Dr. Gardner has had a distinguished career as a physician specializing in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology and cardiac angiology and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in Orr Auditorium.

The ceremonies will be broadcasted live on, Armstrong (channel 72 in New Wilmington and channel 204 in Grove City), and Comcast (Channel 183 in New Castle). Stay connected on social media by using and searching #WCGRAD17.

Contact Gabriella Budai, executive secretary in the Office of Academic Affairs, at 724-946-7122 for more information.