College to Celebrate Commencement May 22

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

More than 310 students are expected to earn degrees Saturday, May 22, at Westminster College's 156th commencement ceremonies. A baccalaureate service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Orr Auditorium with commencement at 2:30 p.m. on the Senior Terrace of Old Main.

The baccalaureate message, "You're Not Who You Was," will be given by the Rev. Dr. Mark Ruppert, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Akron, Ohio, and a 1978 Westminster graduate.

The class of 2010 selected Lurene McDonald to give the senior address. A public relations major, McDonald is a daughter of James and Shari McDonald of Hickory and a graduate of Fort Cherry High School.

In case of rain, the commencement ceremony will be held in Memorial Field House. Contact Gabriella Budai, executive secretary in the Office of Academic Affairs, at (724) 946-7122 for more information.

Dr. David Orr to Earn Honorary Degree

The commencement ceremony will include the conferring of an honorary degree, doctor of public service, honoris causa, on 1965 Westminster graduate Dr. David Orr, a pioneer in environmental literacy in higher education and ecological design.

Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. His career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur has earned him six honorary degrees and other awards including the Millennium Leadership Award, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, and a Lyndhurst Prize. His father, Will W. Orr, was president of Westminster College from 1949-67.

He is the author of seven books and co-editor of three others. His most recent, The Essential David Orr, is a collection of his writings from 1985-2010.

Orr helped launch the green campus movement in the late 1980s and organized the first conference on the effects of impending climate change on the banking industry. He organized the effort to design and build Oberlin's Adam Joseph Lewis Center, the first substantially green building on a U.S. college campus.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges. Westminster ranked third among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 371 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. David Orr