FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 14, 2012
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Linda L. Kelly, the first woman to lead Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General since it became an independent elected office in 1981, will address the graduating class at Wilson College’s 142nd commencement ceremony, to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.
Kelly, who will receive an honorary degree from the college, is only the second woman to ever serve as the Commonwealth’s attorney general. She was nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett to succeed him as Pennsylvania’s top law enforcement officer. Her term runs through 2013.
Kelly was a prosecutor for more than 30 years before becoming attorney general. She served as both an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County and as senior litigation counsel as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Kelly graduated from the Duquesne University School of Law and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh.
This year, approximately 107 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, 16 graduates of Wilson’s Master of Education program will receive their degrees and another 73 certificates will be granted to college graduates who are completing the teacher intern program at Wilson.
During the commencement ceremony, Dr. Barbara L. Tenney, former Wilson College trustee, will be honored with trustee emerita status. Tenney, a medical doctor and 1967 graduate of Wilson, served on the board of trustees from 1996 to 2008 and was chair from 1999 to 2002. She served on numerous committees during her time on the board and was named an Everitt-Pomeroy Trustee in 2008.
Faculty emeriti status will be conferred on three Wilson professors who are retiring after many years of service: Dr. Beverly Ayers-Nachamkin, Dr. Abdolreza Banan and Dr. Virginia Anderson-Stojanovic. Emeriti status is the highest honor that can be bestowed on former faculty members and is reserved for those whose service has been extraordinary.
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 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.
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