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Lycoming College will hold two commencement ceremonies at the close of the 2020-21 academic year – one ceremony for the Class of 2021, and another ceremony for the Class of 2020, which has not yet been able to celebrate with an in-person commencement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2021 Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 15, at 2 p.m., while the Class of 2020 will celebrate on May 22, at 2 p.m. Both events will observe COVID-19 safety protocols and are invitation only. Live streams will be available for those unable to attend in-person at https://www.lycoming.edu/calendar/.
In a time-honored tradition, Lycoming College graduates of both classes will pass through the Oliver Sterling Metzler Gate — the only time that students are permitted to walk through the gate — as they process toward Commencement exercises. Additionally, both ceremonies will be conducted outdoors on the historic Fultz quad, rain or shine.
During the Class of 2021 ceremony, Stanley W. Sloter ’80, chair of the Lycoming College Board of Trustees, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Laws degree. Sloter has served the College as a member of the board since 2004 and as chair from 2015-2021, helping to significantly improve the College’s national reputation and rankings. Over the course of his leadership, Lycoming has become a leader in providing access to all promising students regardless of their financial background, and diversified its student body to more fully reflect the character and beauty of our nation and world. Sloter, along with his wife Joey (Hall ’80), established the Sloter Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at Lycoming College to help formulate a distinctive academic program in entrepreneurship. The new position and field of study has exposed students to accelerated learning in entrepreneurship and helped them develop the skills needed to start a business and better understand it as a career option.
Graduating senior Jalen P. Williams will deliver the Senior Greeting for the Class of 2021. A criminal justice major with a minor in sociology, Williams hails from Annapolis, Md. He has served the student body and Lycoming College the last two years as president of the Student Senate. During his tenure, he has welcomed new clubs and organizations, provided sound stewardship of the Student Senate budget and throughout his tenure and especially during the pandemic, Williams has been a strong advocate for the student experience at Lycoming. He has served as vice president, fraternity educator, and recruitment chair for Lambda Chi Alpha, and as president of the Inter-Fraternal Council.
Dan Egan ’20 will deliver the senior greeting for the Class of 2020 ceremony. A business administration and corporate communication double major, Egan is currently the Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing overseeing the implementation of new branches for Grassworks Landscape and Design Inc. During his time at Lycoming, Egan was involved in football, theater, AFSP, Sigma Beta Delta, Lambda Pi Eta, and Alpha Psi Omega Honor Societies. He was also was an academic tutor, worked in admissions, and loved helping any clubs and organizations around the college that he could!
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