Ursinus College plans to graduate close to 400 students at its 138th Commencement May 14 on the campus front lawn. The graduates will include those earning Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, and 18 non-traditional students earning Bachelor’s of Business Administration degrees.
The public is welcome to attend. No tickets are necessary for the tented ceremony, and seating is on a ‘first-come’ basis. During the two-hour commencement ceremony, traffic on Main Street in front of the College, will be detoured. The road will reopen when the ceremony concludes.
A Baccalaureate service will be held May 13 at 5 p.m. in Bomberger Auditorium for students and their guests. Tickets are necessary for this ceremony. The Baccalaureate speaker, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity, is the Rev. Dr. Shawn Zambrows, director and pastor of the Baptist Foundation at Purdue University.
The speaker for the commencement ceremony is The Hon. Kimberly Guadagno, Ursinus Class of 1980, who is currently the Lt. Gov. of The State of New Jersey. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws. Additionally, choral composer, musician, conductor and teacher Alice Parker will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
The student speaker selected for the ceremony is Danielle Chmelewski, of West Chester, Pa. Co-valedictorians for the Class of 2011 are Danielle Kimmel of Jamison, Pa., and Melissa Pankake. of Lebanon, Pa. Co-salutatorians are Calla Mattox of Woods Hole, Mass, and Carina Brown of Lewisburg, Pa.
Lt. Gov. Guadagno was elected New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor in November 2009. She has been a lawyer for more than 28 years and began her career in public service as a federal prosecutor with the Organized Crime & Racketeering Strike Force in Brooklyn, N.Y. She became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark, N.J., and in 2001, left the public sector to practice law, and also became a teacher at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. In Monmouth Beach, N.J., where she lives, she was appointed a volunteer planning board member and in 2005 was elected a Borough Commissioner there.
She was elected the 75th Sheriff of Monmouth County in 2007, the first woman elected as sheriff in that county’s history, managing a 650-member law enforcement agency.
As Lt. Gov. under Gov. Chris Christie, she chairs the state Red Tape Review Commission, and operates the Business Action Center. As New Jersey’s Secretary of State, she oversees the tourism industry and is the state’s chief election official.
Lt. Gov. Guadagno was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and is a cum laude graduate of Ursinus. She received her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and with her husband, Superior Court Judge Michael Guadagno, is raising three sons.
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