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Commencement 2012

Franklin & Marshall College will award more than 500 Bachelor of Arts degrees and four honorary degrees at its Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12.

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. on Hartman Green in the center of the F&M campus, weather permitting. As of Tuesday afternoon, forecasts from The Weather Channel and AccuWeather predict clear skies on Saturday with temperatures in the mid-70s. If inclement weather occurs, the ceremony will take place in F&M’s Alumni Sports & Fitness Center on the north side of Harrisburg Avenue.

To confirm the location of the event, call 717-291-4003.

There will be limited seating available to the public, as seating for families of the graduates is the College’s first priority. The Commencement ceremony will once again be Webcast live this year, so anyone who is unable to attend the event in person may watch the proceedings online.

Answers to frequently asked questions, as well as the complete schedule for Commencement weekend, are available on the Commencement website.

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  • Members of Franklin & Marshall's Class of 2010 celebrate their graduation on May 15, 2010, on F&M's Hartman Green. (Photo by Nick Gould)

This year’s Commencement speaker is the Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, the 108th mayor of the City of New York. Since his election in November 2001, Bloomberg and his team have enacted policies that helped reduce crime by more than 30 percent, raised high school graduation rates by 37 percent, and added more than 700 acres of new parkland.

In addition to Bloomberg, receiving honorary degrees are Wanda M. (Pompey) Austin ’75, president and CEO of The Aerospace Corp.; Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in the field of virtual reality; and Lynn Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and recipient of a 2007 MacArthur Fellowship, informally known as a "genius grant."

Five-hundred-forty-one F&M students will participate in Commencement. The Class of 2012 includes 18 students who are graduating with summa cum laude honors, 61 with magna cum laude honors and 86 with cum laude honors. Forty-three students have received departmental honors.

More coverage of the 2012 Commencement ceremony will appear online Saturday afternoon, May 12, on the F&M website.