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LVC to Host 144th Baccalaureate and Commencement May 11
04.29.13 |
Lebanon Valley College will award diplomas to nearly 380 graduates Saturday, May 11. The Baccalaureate Service will begin at 9 a.m. in Miller Chapel with Commencement to follow at 11 a.m. on the Academic Quad. In the case of inclement weather, Commencement will be moved to the LVC Gymnasium.

The College expects more than 4,000 parents and family members to attend Commencement in its historic location on the Academic Quad. All attendees are asked to preview a web page dedicated to parking instructions that can be found at

This year's graduating seniors will be joined by 65 master of business administration, music education, science education, or doctorate of physical therapy graduates. Undergraduate and graduate students who graduated in December 2012 are also welcomed back to participate in Commencement.

The Commencement speaker will be Dr. Philip Benesch, of Malvern, an associate professor of political science at LVC. He was selected as speaker according to tradition after receiving The Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award at the 2012 Commencement. The Vickroy award is the College's top teaching honor for a full-time faculty member.

Dr. Benesch teaches constitutional law, political philosophy, law and legal philosophy, and multi-disciplinary seminars. His distinctive classroom approach requires students to lead class and introduce topics. Benesch and a colleague initiated LVC’s participation in the European Union Simulation–a high impact program that gives students experience with political and diplomatic negotiations and institutional policy-making at an annual Washington, D.C. conference. He is the author of “The Viennese Socrates: Karl Popper and the Reconstruction of Progressive Politics.”

The Baccalaureate speaker will be The Rev. Dr. Carol E. Lytch, 11th president of Lancaster Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the United States Presbyterian Church. Lytch is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and earned her master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She studied in Scotland at St. Andrews University and the University of Edinburgh, and completed her Ph.D. in Christian ethics and sociology of religion from Emory University. Her doctoral research focused on factors that influence teenagers to embrace a church-related Christian commitment, a topic that has continued to inform her scholarship in subsequent years.

The College will also award four faculty and student commendations. The H. Anthony Neidig Award (top student) includes a monetary award and commemorative medallion; the 2013 Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award (top professor) includes a monetary award and commencement speaking rights; the Nevelyn J. Knisley Award (top part-time/adjunct member) includes a monetary award; and the Educator of the Year Award as voted on by students includes speaking rights at LVC's opening convocation.

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