The 144th Wilson College Commencement

Sunday, May 17, 2015
1:30 p.m.

Schedule of Events

Please note that some events may be subject to change.

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Friday, May 15, 2015
4:00 p.m. Rehearsal — Commencement Ceremony Main Green
5:30 p.m. Senior Bash / Picnic Laird Hall Green
Saturday, May 16, 2015
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 17, 2015
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 Thomson Hall
(In case of rain –
Lenfest Commons staircase)
12:30 p.m. Photo of M.Ed., M.A., and TIP Candidates Front of Thomson Hall
(In case of rain –
Lenfest Commons staircase)
12:45 p.m. Photo of Faculty Front of Thomson Hall
(In case of rain –
Lenfest Commons staircase)
12:45 p.m.
Graduates Line Up
Front of Warfield Hall
(In case of rain –
Edgar Hall)
12:45 p.m. Trustees Line Up Norland Parlor
1:00 p.m.   Faculty Line Up  Front of Library
(In case of rain –
Edgar Hall)
1:00 p.m. Blue and Silver Lines Line Up Library - Old Gym Side
(In case of rain - under esplanade)
1:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Main Green
(In case of rain –
Laird Hall)
Following Commencement — Refreshments on the Esplanade

Guest Speaker

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium President and CEO Barbara Baker will address the senior class at the 145th annual Wilson College commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17. Baker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, was nominated by the Class of 2015 as its first choice for commencement speaker.

Under Baker’s leadership, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium – which houses more than 6,000 animals, hosts one million visitors a year and is ranked in the top five zoos for families in the nation – has excelled in all areas of operation. The number of endangered species has increased, conservation efforts toward targeted species have grown and attendance at formal and informal education programs has increased. Baker has directed the growth of the zoo’s elephant herd from two to 10 animals – one of the largest in the United States – including four successful births. The zoo recently developed a 724-acre property into its International Conservation Center (ICC), a conservation, breeding and education center with a primary focus on African elephants.

Throughout her 28-year career, Baker was a veterinarian at a number of respected facilities housing African and Asian elephants, including the Bronx Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, S.C. She has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina.

Wilson has a strong connection to Baker’s work and the Pittsburgh Zoo through internships, visits to the elephant sanctuary and post-graduation career options.


Baccalaureate Service

The 2015 Baccalaureate Service will be held
in the Alumnae Chapel in Thomson Hall on
Sunday, May 17 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. Dr. Charles Grant
Theme To Be Announced
Liturgists Members of the Class of 2015
The service will include The Wilson College Choir and the Wilson College Hand Bell Choir, under the direction of Elisabeth Turch.


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 17, 2015
11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Jensen Dining Hall

Adults: $10.00  •  Children (Under 10): $5.00

Make Your Reservation Online

Deli Platters

Tuna and Chicken Salad  •  Assorted Breads and Rolls


Hummus  •  Veggies  •  Garden and Assorted Side Salads  •  Hearty Vegetable Soup


Iced Water  •  Fruit Punch


Strawberry Cake

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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