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The sun shone brightly on the 281 seniors who participated in Lycoming College's 163rd commencement ceremony held Sunday, May 8, on the College's Quad. The keynote address was given by Arthur A. Haberberger, a 1959 Lycoming alumnus and chairman emeritus of the College's board of trustees.
Giving special recognition to the families celebrating both a graduation and Mother's Day, Haberberger informed the audience, "Commencement is a day for reflection and remembering, a day of celebration – seniors, it's your day – and it's a day ushering a new beginning."
With nods to several members of the graduating class, he instructed the Class of 2011 to embrace the many challenges that will face them, make their goals happen and leave their world a better place.
During his closing remarks, Haberberger said to the graduates: "Now it's your turn to achieve and realize your American dream by engaging in the ongoing intellectual dialogue that defines, enhances and shapes our world. All of us here today in the audience and on the stage share a confidence that you can make it happen. We're rooting for you!"
Prior to his address, Haberberger was presented an honor Doctor of Laws degree, and Dr. Joseph Kelly, executive director for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Robert Holmes, a history major of Oxford, Mass., was chosen by a committee of faculty, staff and students to give the greetings from the senior class. Quoting sources both insightful and humorous, from Benjamin Franklin to Buffy Summers, he left the Class of 2011 with his own words: "We were lucky enough to be graced with an extraordinary group of professors, administrators and campus staff who guided us through the last four years. … And someday in the future, maybe sooner, maybe later, we may return to once again walk the campus grounds and remember our time here and the values which were instilled in us. Lastly, I beg that my classmates remember my challenge to them … live, and do not simply live, but live well, always striving for excellence. … "
The baccalaureate speaker on Saturday, May 7, was the Very Rev. Edward Hughes, a 1977 Lycoming alumnus who has served as pastor at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lawrence, Mass., since 1989. Hughes and his wife, Anna, have four children: Sarah, a 2007 Lycoming graduate; Martha, a Lycoming senior; Michael, a Lycoming junior; and Elizabeth.
Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.