College baccalaureate and commencement to be held May 8-9

College baccalaureate and commencement to be held May 8-9

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College will hold its Class of 2010 graduation ceremonies May 8-9. Approximately 275 students are expected to receive their degrees. The Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones, dean and professor of theology at Duke University Divinity School, will be the keynote speaker at Lycoming's 162nd commencement ceremony scheduled for Sunday, May 9, at 1 p.m. on the College's Quad. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Recreation Center.

The commencement senior student speaker is Sean McGrath of Littlestown, Pa. His speech was chosen by a committee of faculty, staff and seniors. He is majoring in archaeology and culture of the ancient Near East with a minor in classical studies. At Lycoming's 2010 Honors Convocation, McGrath received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Archaeology. He is one of 25 students worldwide selected for a year-long Latin study program at the Vivarium novum Academy in Rome, Italy, which begins in October.

The speaker for baccalaureate, to be held Saturday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in the Recreation Center, is Lycoming alumnus the Rev. Dr. David L. Reed. He is the executive director of the United Methodist Home for Children, Inc., in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Since 1997, Jones has served as the 11th dean of Duke Divinity School, and since 2008 as the president and CEO of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. He is widely recognized as a scholar and church leader on such issues as forgiveness and reconciliation, Christian vocation, leadership, and strengthening the church and its ministry. Jones is known for teaching that fosters students' imaginations in connecting Christian faith to everyday life, for research that promotes interdisciplinary conversation, and for theological thinking that fosters transformative leadership, traditional innovation and vibrant institutions.

Jones is the author or editor of 13 books, including the acclaimed "Embodying Forgiveness," and, most recently, "Everyday Matters: Intersections of Life and Faith" and the co-authored "Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry." He writes a regular column, "Faith Matters," for The Christian Century magazine, for which he is also an editor-at-large. Jones, who has published more than 100 articles in a variety of publications, also regularly writes reflections for "Faith & Leadership." For 10 years he was co-editor of Modern Theology, a scholarly journal published by Blackwells in Oxford, England, and he currently serves as an associate editor for the journal.

Jones has traveled extensively, often addressing issues of forgiveness and reconciliation in lectures and sermons. In recent years he has been in South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, China and South Korea.

Jones, an ordained United Methodist pastor and a member of the Western North Carolina Conference, has preached and lectured in major pulpits and at annual conferences across the United States. He also has delivered numerous distinguished lectureships at colleges and universities.

Jones and his wife, the Rev. Susan Pendleton Jones, have written several units (and the accompanying videos) for the United Methodist Publishing House's new "Living the Good Life Together" series. They have three children: Nathan, Ben and Sarah.

Reed, the baccalaureate speaker, became the president/CEO of The United Methodist Home for Children, Inc, in July 2006. The home operates an emergency shelter for youth with 16 beds and a residential care program that presently has the capacity to house 46 children and youth. There are approximately 100 employees working at the home.

Ordained a deacon (1972) and elder (1976) in the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, Reed began his pastoral ministry at Elimsport UMC while a senior in college. After seminary, he was appointed to the Fairview Charge - Farragut, Fairfield and Bethel United Methodist churches in the Williamsport District - where he served for seven years. In 1982, he was appointed to the Otterbein UMC in Boiling Springs Pa., where he served for 24 years.

Originally from Lycoming County, Reed graduated from Hughesville High School in 1967; Lycoming College in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in religion and certification in elementary education; United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, with a M.Div. in 1974; and Penn State University in 1982 with a D.Ed. in higher education. He also was elected to Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Reed and his wife, Diane, a 1971 Lycoming graduate, have been married for 39 years. They have two grown children, Heather and Philip.

  • Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones

    Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones

  • Rev. Dr. David L. Reed

    Rev. Dr. David L. Reed

  • Sean McGrath

    Sean McGrath