5/12/2011 Staff

Commencement 2011

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Franklin & Marshall College will award 541 Bachelor of Arts degrees and five honorary degrees at its Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14.

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. on Hartman Green in the center of campus, weather permitting. As of Thursday afternoon, forecasts from The Weather Channel and Accuweather indicate a chance of showers on Saturday with temperatures in the mid-60s. If rains are steady or heavy, the ceremony would take place in the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center.

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. However, 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.

This year’s Commencement speaker is Richard Lugar, the most senior Republican in the U.S. Senate. In addition to Lugar, those receiving honorary degrees are Akinwumi Adesina, Ph.D., P’08, Eugene Braunwald, M.D., G’11, Ariel Dorfman and Donald K. Hess ’52.

The Class of 2011 includes 16 students who are graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors, 59 with Magna Cum Laude honors and 87 with Cum Laude honors. Thirty-eight students have received departmental honors. The class includes 285 women and 256 men.

More coverage of the 2011 Commencement ceremony will appear online Saturday afternoon and in the May 19 issue of The Diplomat.

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