More than 3,000 family members and friends are expected to fill Franklin & Marshall College's Alumni Sports & Fitness Center May 10 to celebrate the graduates of F&M's Class of 2014.
The Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. F&M will confer bachelor of arts degrees upon 604 graduates, more than a third of whom have earned departmental honors or other academic awards and recognitions. Nine will graduate summa cum laude, 68 magna cum laude and 85 cum laude. Seventy-three will graduate with double majors and 232 with minors.
Honorary degrees also will be awarded to George Stephanopoulos, anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" and host of "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," and two distinguished alumni, Caswell A. Evans Jr. '65, associate dean for prevention and public health sciences in the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois, and Jennifer Whiting '78, the Chancellor Jackman Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.
Seating is limited, and priority will be given to families of the graduates. The Commencement ceremony also will be broadcast live online. Viewing locations on campus include Bonchek Lecture Hall in Barshinger Life Science & Philosophy Building, The Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium in Kaufman Hall, and Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall. These spaces are air-conditioned, but only the Bonchek Lecture Hall and Stahr Auditorium are handicapped accessible.
Stephanopoulos will deliver the Commencement's principal address. Prior to joining ABC News, he was one of the most recognizable faces of President Bill Clinton's administration, serving as White House communications director and, later, senior adviser for policy and strategy.
He is the author of "All Too Human," a No. 1 New York Times bestseller chronicling his experiences working in the White House during Clinton's first term as well as the 1992 and 1996 Clinton/Gore presidential campaigns.
As a journalist, Stephanopoulos was honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Political Journalism in 2007 and 2009. He helped lead ABC's coverage throughout the 2012 election season, during which he and ABC News' Diane Sawyer moderated two widely viewed Republican debates in Iowa and New Hampshire.
In his role as anchor, Stephanopoulos has conducted interviews with world leaders such as President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
"Commencement celebrates seniors and their families, as well as the Franklin & Marshall community," said Debbie Martin '72, who as director of protocol and events and assistant secretary of the College, has overseen the annual event for more than two decades. "It's so uplifting to watch, as they do every year, each academic department and administrative office contribute to the success of the weekend."
Other graduation weekend activities include a picnic lunch for seniors and their families, a senior awards ceremony, and the baccalaureate program, created by members of the Class of 2014 for graduates, family, friends, alumni, and faculty and professional staff.
To confirm the location on the morning of the event, call 717-291-4003.