5/02/2016 Peter Durantine

F&M Commencement 2016 to Launch Aspiring Graduates on May 7

(Due to inclement weather, the Commencement exercise will be held in F&M's Alumni Sports and Fitness Center beginning at 10 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m.)

On the verdant lawns of Hartman Green, families and friends will gather on May 7 to celebrate the graduation of Franklin & Marshall College's Class of 2016.

F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield will greet each of the 539 black-robed seniors as they cross the stage to have conferred upon them a Bachelor of Arts degree and other honors that symbolize their levels of academic achievement.

The Commencement ceremony, held in the center of F&M's tree-covered campus, will begin at 10 a.m. (The rain location is the College's Alumni Sports & Fitness Center on the north side of Harrisburg Avenue).

"The College's naturally beautiful setting in spring, with all the trees and flowers blooming, really adds to the celebration of Commencement," said Debbie Martin '72, director of protocol and events and associate secretary of the College. 

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will give the Commencement address. Elected in 2014, Wolf's run for the governorship was the York businessman's first time in electoral politics, defeating an incumbent governor. He campaigned by driving his Jeep around the state to meet with voters.

Frances Wolf '96, the governor's wife and an F&M board member since 2004, also will attend the ceremony.

Gov. Wolf and Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. The mayor's wife, artist and businesswoman Gail Gray, and actress and playwright Nilaja Sun Gordon '96, will receive the honorary degree Doctor of Arts.

Other graduation weekend activities include a picnic lunch May 6 for seniors and their families on the residential quad's John A. Fry College House Green (rain location is the Benjamin Franklin Dining Hall) and later that day, a Senior Review Ceremony in the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center, where members of the Class of 2016 celebrate their time at F&M with family, friends and faculty

Seating is limited, and priority will be given to families of the graduates. The ceremony will be streamed live online. The viewing location on campus is  Bonchek Lecture Hall in the Ann and Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building. The space is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible

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