The 144th Wilson College Commencement

Sunday, May 18, 2014
1:30 p.m.

Schedule of Events

Please note that some events may be subject to change.

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Friday, May 16, 2014
4:00 p.m. Rehearsal — Commencement Ceremony Main Green
5:30 p.m. Senior Bash / Picnic Laird Hall Green
Saturday, May 17, 2014
3:30 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony Allen Auditorium,
Warfield Hall
5:00 p.m. President's Garden Party Sharpe House
Sunday, May 18, 2014
9:30 a.m. Assembly of Graduating Class Laird Patio
10:00 a.m. Baccalaureate Service Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall
11:00 a.m. Senior Class Exercise
   ‡Passing of Colors and Senior Book
   ‡Daisy Chain
Banks of the
Conococheague Creek
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Posed Portraits First Floor Lounge,
Lenfest Commons
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Buffet Luncheon Jensen Dining Hall
Robing for Commencement
12:30 p.m. Photo of Franklin County Graduates Front of Library
(In case of rain –
Lenfest Commons staircase)
12:45 p.m. Photo of Master's Degrees and TIP Candidates Front of Library
(In case of rain –
Lenfest Commons staircase)
12:45 p.m. Photo of Faculty Front of Library
(In case of rain –
Edgar Hall)
12:45 p.m. Photo of Baccalaureate Candidates Front of Warfield Hall
(In case of rain –
under esplanade)
1:00 p.m. Faculty Line Up Front of Library
(In case of rain –
Edgar Hall)
1:00 p.m. Trustees and Speakers Line Up Front of Norland Hall
(In case of rain –
Norland Parlor)
1:00 p.m. Blue and Silver Lines Line Up Front of Edgar Hall
(In case of rain –
under esplanade)
1:00 p.m. Graduate Candidates Line Up Front of Warfield Hall
(In case of rain –
Edgar Hall)
1:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Main Green
(In case of rain –
Laird Hall)
Following Commencement — Refreshments in the Dining Hall

Guest Speaker

Margaret D. Lowman, Ph.D.

Chief of Science & Sustainability, California Academy of Sciences

Famed Ecologist Meg Lowman Nicknamed the “real-life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by Wall Street Journal, Meg Lowman ( pioneered the science of canopy ecology. For over 30 years, she has designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to solve mysteries in the world’s forests, especially insect pests and ecosystem health. Meg is affectionately called the mother of canopy research as one of the first scientists to explore this eighth continent. She relentlessly works to map the canopy for biodiversity and to champion forest conservation around the world. Her international network and passion for science have led her into leadership roles where she seeks best practices to solve environmental challenges and serves as a role model to women and minorities in science.

Formerly a Professor at North Carolina State University and the founding director of North Carolina's innovative Nature Research Center (NRC) at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Meg oversaw the creation, construction, staffing, and programming of this research wing in partnership with NCSU. She was subsequently hired by the California Academy of Sciences to lead their twenty-first century strategy that integrates research with sustainability initiatives both local and global. As the external voice for the Academy's collections and research, she promotes its mission to groups ranging from elementary classes to corporate executives to international conferences. Lowman's academic leadership has included Vice President of the Ecological Society of America; Treasurer of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation; founder of the TREE Foundation; Board of Directors for The Explorers Club and Earthwatch; and Climate Change Adviser to Alex Sink, former CFO of the Florida cabinet. Previously, she served as Director of Environmental Initiatives at New College of Florida, CEO of The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies at Williams College.

Lowman's academic training includes Williams College (BA, Biology); Aberdeen University (MSc, Ecology); Sydney University (PhD, Botany); and Tuck School of Business (Executive Management). Her numerous awards include the Margaret Douglas Medal for Excellence in Conservation Education from the Garden Club of America, Girls Inc. Visionary Award, the Mendel Medal for achievements in science and spirit, the Lowell Thomas Medal for canopy exploration, Kilby Laureate and Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow. She has authored more than 125 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and her first book, “Life in the Treetops,” received a cover review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Working tirelessly on sustainability initiatives at home and abroad, “CanopyMeg” was a Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar to both India and Ethiopia, and National Geographic funds her conservation work on Ethiopian church forests. She is the proud mother of sons Edward and James, both science majors from Princeton University.

For more information, contact Wilson College Manager of Media Relations Cathy Mentzer at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178, or


Baccalaureate Service

The 2014 Baccalaureate Service will be held
in the Alumnae Chapel in Thomson Hall on
Sunday, May 18 at 10:00 AM
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Preacher Rev. Rosie Magee, Helen Carnell Eden Chaplain
Theme To Be Announced
Liturgists Members of the Class of 2014
The service will include The Wilson College Choir and the Wilson College Hand Bell Choir, under the direction of Elizabeth Thorpe.


The Baccalaureate Worship Service is an opportunity to gather as community and give thanks to God for the many blessing that have lead us to this special occasion. A joyous occasion for the entire College community, it is a time to rejoice, to praise, to honor and to celebrate with each other this rich life of learning shared by all members of the Wilson community. Everyone is welcome. Faculty and students process in cap and gown for the service.

Wilson College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and all services are ecumenical in nature.

For more information, contact Rev. Rosie Magee, Wilson College Helen Carnell Eden Chaplain at (717) 264-4141 x3307 or

Senior Class Exercises

Daisy Chain
daisychain2.jpg On the eve of graduation, the sophomore class constructs a chain made of daisies. They present the daisy chain to their sister class, the seniors, on graduation morning. The seniors toss the chain into the Conococheague Creek for good luck.
Senior Book
Passing of the Colors

Graduation Pledge Alliance

GPA_logo-1.jpg Wilson College has been a chapter member of the Graduation Pledge Alliance since 2008. The mission of the Graduation Pledge Alliance (GPA) is to build a global community of responsible graduates improving society and the environment through the workplace. GPA works to help realize a world where every graduate, through the workplace, is an effective leader for social and environmental improvement.

 Click here to take the Pledge now!

Taking the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility states:
“I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”

For more information, contact Christine Mayer, Program Manager for the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living.

President's Garden Party

Graduating seniors gather to enjoy a final social event as the Senior Class. Held on the grounds of the Sharpe House, class members traditionally attend this event in formal dress. Please note this event is by the exclusive invitation of the President to the Senior Class.

Buffet Lunch

A buffet lunch will be available prior to the Commencement ceremony. To make your reservation, contact Lorie Helman in Student Development at or (717) 262-2006.

Sunday, May 18, 2014
11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Jensen Dining Hall

Adults: $14.30  •  Children (Under 10): $7.15

Make Your Reservation Online

Deli Platters

Assorted Meats and Cheeses  •  Assorted Breads and Rolls


Baked Beans  •  Macaroni Salad  •  Potato Salad  •  Assorted Chips


Iced Water  •  Fruit Punch


Strawberry Shortcake

Local Accommodations & Other Amenities

For information about local lodging and accomodations, shopping, restaurants, churches, and healthcare go to the Visit Wilson section of the website and click on the labeled tabs.

Photographer Information

Posed Portraits

Posed portraits of graduates are available upon request. Contact Lorie Helman, Student Development at 717-262-2006 or for more details or to arrange a sitting.

Graduation Ceremony Photographs

Photos of the ceremony and all graduates are taken as they receive their diplomas, and will be available for viewing through the link below within one week of the graduation ceremony.

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NEW! Flowers & Bouquets

Fresh flowers and several sizes of bouquets will be available for purchase before the commencement program begins. This service is provided for your convenience through Plasterer's Florists and will be located in front of Lenfest Commons.


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Graduation announcements and other related items are available for purchase from Jostens. Announcements can be purchased alone or as part of a larger stationery package. Visit the Jostens website for more information and to place your order.