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Commencement exercises to be held May 4-5

Commencement exercises to be held May 4-5

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Lycoming College will hold commencement exercises for the Class of 2013 on Sunday, May 5 at 1 p.m. on The Quad. Two hundred and sixty-five undergraduates are to receive their degrees during the College's 165th commencement. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will in the Recreation Center. The Baccalaureate service will be held the prior day, May 4, at 4 p.m. in the Recreation Center.

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Lycoming will confer three honorary degrees during commencement. Deirdre P. Connelly '83, president of North American Pharmaceuticals of GlaxoSmithKline, will receive the degree Doctor of Science. Dallas L. Krapf '69, philanthropist and a business and community leader, will be presented the Doctor of Laws degree. James E. Douthat, retiring after 24 years as Lycoming's president, will deliver the commencement address and will be honored with the degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

Michael Kane of Montoursville, Pa., was selected to bring greetings from the senior class. An economics major, Kane has been involved in numerous student organizations, including the sustainability committee, the United Campus Ministry, Better Together and the Community Service Center. He has also worked as a resident advisor and on the summer orientation staff.

The baccalaureate speaker is the Rev. Beth Jones '95. She serves as superintendent of the Williamsport District of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Connelly began her career at Eli Lilly as a sales representative and became president of its U.S. operations in 2005. She was appointed president of North American Pharmaceuticals at GlaxoSmithKline in 2009. Connelly has been listed by Forbes as one of "The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women" and identified by Fortune magazine as one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business."

Krapf is the co-owner of Krapf Bus Companies, the sixth largest provider of school buses in the nation with operations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota and Virginia. The company has a fleet exceeding 2,600 vehicles and employs more than 3,200 individuals. Krapf and his wife, Di, have been generous supporters of the College and its programs. Their philanthropy extends to both private and public institutions of higher education. They established the Di and Dallas Krapf Foundation Fund in Chester County (Pa.) to support students in need of financial support to attend college.

During Douthat’s tenure, Lycoming College’s academic profile was raised to that of a national liberal arts and sciences college. Its overall financial position was significantly strengthened, as illustrated by the growth of the endowment from less than $19 million when he began in 1989 to more than $180 million today. While in office, the academic programs grew and strengthened, a strategic planning process was implemented, three major capital campaigns were successfully concluded, and a significant building and facility renovation program was undertaken. Tens of millions were also been focused on information technology and its integration throughout the academic curriculum of the College.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit