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'Hero for the Planet' Sylvia Earle to Address Wilson Graduates

Posted: May 16, 2013

Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence and a noted scientist, oceanographer, environmental advocate and author, will address the graduating class at Wilson College’s 143rd commencement ceremony, to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.

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DATE
: May 16, 2013
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-262-2604
Email: cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence and a noted scientist, oceanographer, environmental advocate and author, will address the graduating class at Wilson College’s 143rd commencement ceremony, to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.

Earle, who will receive an honorary degree from the college, will deliver an address entitled “A Sweet Spot in Time,” which will examine “the major challenges we face in terms of ocean health, climate and other environmental risks, but recognizes the reasons for hope and the power that every person has to make a positive difference.”

Earle has been called a “living legend” by the Library of Congress and was given the nickname, “Her Deepness,” by The New Yorker after her 1,250-foot descent to the ocean floor in Hawaii in 1979. She was Time magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet.” Earle has master’s and doctoral degrees from Duke University.

This year, approximately 94 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, 14 graduates of Wilson’s Master of Education program will receive their degrees and another 54 certificates will be granted to college graduates who are completing the teacher intern program at Wilson.

During the commencement ceremony, Robin J. Bernstein, former Wilson College trustee and past chair of the board, will be honored with trustee emerita status.

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 liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 30 majors and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. Wilson has been named a “Best Value” college in its region for 11 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” for providing quality academics at an affordable price. The college has been ranked one of the best regional colleges for undergraduate education for nine straight years by U.S. News.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college had a fall 2012 enrollment of 695, which included 17 students from 9 foreign countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

Last Updated: May 20, 2013