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Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Moravian College

Graduation events begin May 10

Baccalaureate will be held at 5 p.m. May 10, in Central Moravian Church, 73 W. Church St. Commencement 2019 will begin at 10 a.m. May 11 on the John Makuvek Field behind the Haupert Union Building, between W. Locust, W. Laurel and Monacacy streets and Mauch Chunk Road. Please do not wear spiked or stiletto high heels; a thicker or wedge heel will work best.

In the event of severe weather, graduation exercises will be split into two ceremonies and both will be held in Johnston Hall: 10 a.m. - The School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (SAHSS) and the Moravian Theological Seminary; 2 p.m. - The School of Natural and Health Sciences (SNHS).

Northampton County Community College

Student take home Ethics Bowl title

Northampton Community College’s Ethics Bowl Team took home the top title at the 10th Fleming Institute for Business Ethics 2019 Ethics Bowl Competition at DeSales University on March 27. The NCC students team of Alexa Koorie, Devon Pfeifer and Noah Troxell beat out teams from DeSales University, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Penn State Berks, and Wilkes University to earn first place.

Cedar Crest College

May graduation events begin

Cedar Crest College will hold a baccalaureate service with music, opening and closing prayers and multi-faith readings at 3 p.m. May 10 in Samuels Theatre. The event is open to all students, their families and friends, and Cedar Crest College faculty and staff. Tickets are not required.

The 149th commencement will be held at 10 a.m. May 11 at the PPL Center, 701 Hamilton St., Allentown. Shabana Basij-Rasikh, the co-founder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), will be the speaker and will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Tickets are required. The ceremony will be live streamed at

The Cedar Crest College Alumnae Hall of Fame, established by President Meade, pays tribute to alumnae who have distinguished themselves in their professional or personal lives and have demonstrated support for Cedar Crest College. Once inducted, honorees are members for life. A new class will be inducted every three years.

Members of the class of 2019, inducted on April 26, include Dr. Blenda J. Wilson ’62, recognized for her pioneering spirit and inclusive leadership. She was the first African American woman to hold a teaching position at Woodbridge High School; the first African American woman associate dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education; the first woman to head a four-year college or university in the state of Michigan; and the first African American president of a university with more than 25,000 students. She was the first woman or African American to chair the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She has received 27 honorary degrees from institutions across the country.

Dr. Martha “Marty” Schaeffer Tennille ’64, was recognized for a lifetime dedicated to teaching and service. She was a teacher, educational specialist and later an administrator for Newport News Public Schools. A volunteer in communities at home and abroad, she has been recognized by a number of organizations for her contributions to their causes.

Andrea Joel ’72, was recognized for her award-winning set designs. The Cedar Crest graduate attended the New School of Interior Design. She became one of the first female set decorators at CBS Television City, and worked on shows such as The Price is Right, All in the Family, and The Young and the Restless. A member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, she is a twelve-time Emmy Award winner.

Attorney Amelia M. Wagner ’78, was recognized for her dedication to Cedar Crest College and protection of the environment. She is the Senior Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency in New York City, and focuses on cleaning up the most toxic waste sites in the nation. She was a member of the Board of Trustees and was a president of the Alumnae Association Executive Board.

Captain Christine Boltz ’80, was recognized for exemplary service to her country. The Cedar Crest nursing, degree graduate was commissioned as a Navy ensign, and was in senior staff at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. She has been awarded the Legion of Merit, a Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals and a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Samuel Miranda Jr. MS, RN, NEA-B.C. ’81, was recognized for excellence in nursing care and leadership. Upon earning a nursing degree in 1981, he became the first male graduate in Cedar Crest’s history. He retired in 2018 as the senior nursing executive at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation. He is a member of the Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees, the Crest Society and is a committee member for the Partners in Nursing.

Dr. Lorraine Amory Soisson ’88, was recognized for significant contributions to malaria research. Lorraine earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University. She was the first Cedar Crest College graduate to ever complete a triple major. Currently, she is the senior technical advisor for the Malaria Vaccine Development Program at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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