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Tree Canopy Expert to Address Graduates

Posted: May 8, 2014

Meg Lowman, a pioneer in the science of tree canopy ecology and global champion of forest conservation, will address the graduating class at Wilson College’s 144th commencement ceremony, to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
May 7, 2014
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-262-2604
Email: cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Meg Lowman, a pioneer in the science of tree canopy ecology and global champion of forest conservation, will address the graduating class at Wilson College’s 144th commencement ceremony, to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.

Lowman, who will receive an honorary doctor of science degree from the college, will deliver an address entitled “Sustainable Advice from a Tree,” in which she will share what she has learned from studying trees and how it links to our lifestyles and health.

Lowman, who has been nicknamed the “real-life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by the Wall Street Journal, is the inaugural chief of science and sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences, where she leads the academy’s Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability. She a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Massachusetts, a master’s degree in ecology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and a doctorate in botany from the University of Sydney in Australia.

This year, approximately 103 students will receive bachelor’s and associate degrees during Wilson’s commencement ceremony, which will be held outside on the college’s main green. (In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in Laird Hall.) In addition, 17 graduates of Wilson’s Master of Education and Master of Humanities programs will receive their degrees and another 18 certificates will be granted to college graduates who are completing the teacher intern program at Wilson.

During the commencement ceremony, Jane Everhart Murray of Harrisburg, a 1967 Wilson graduate and former college trustee, will be honored with trustee emerita status, which is the highest honor a college can bestow on a trustee.

A baccalaureate service will be held at 10 a.m. in Alumnae Chapel at Thomson Hall.

For more information, contact Wilson College Manager of Media Relations Cathy Mentzer at 717-262-2604 or cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 25 majors and master’s degrees in education, the humanities and accountancy. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college has a fall 2013 enrollment of 662, which includes students from 20 states and 14 countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

Last Updated: May 8, 2014