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Guest Speakers

KurtCorriher.jpgSenior Investiture

Dr. Kurt Corriher, Professor of German & Director of the Ketner Center for International Studies, spoke to the graduates on "Memories" for the Senior Investiture ceremony on Thursday, May 12th.

Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Provost, welcomed graduates and guests and offered remarks for the investiture ceremony:


PhilipFrank.jpgAlpha Chi Graduation Ceremony

Dr. Phillip Frank, Assistant Professor of Business, delivered the homily "Choose Your Own Adventure: The Story of Triund" for the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 13th.


Baccalaureate Service

revedwardsmithdavis.jpgThe Rev. Dr. Edward Smith Davis, who serves as the Conference Minister for the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, delivered the homily "Commencement to Commitment" for the Baccalaureate Service on Friday, May 13th. He previously served as the Interim Associate Conference Minister of the Illinois Conference United Church of Christ with the oversight and care of 102 churches and 350 ordained clergy. He served as the Senior Pastor of St. Mark United Church of Christ, and also served as the Chicago Fire Department Chaplain and a Chicago Police St. Jude Chaplain.

Dr. Ken Clapp, College Chaplain and Senior Vice-President, also offered remarks.


Commencement Ceremonies


Dan Bross, a 1971 Catawba alumnus who works as an executive with Microsoft, was the featured speaker at Catawba's commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14 in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center.

Bross, Senior Director in Microsoft's Business and Corporate Responsibility team and the Executive Director of the Microsoft Technology and Human Rights Center, shared remarks at both the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies.  

Other distinguished constituents included:

  • Mrs. Darlene L. Ball '62, Chair, Catawba College Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Doug Brown, Faculty Senate Chair
  • Johnathon Boles '16, Senior Class President
  • Dr. Jeffrey Bowe, Director of the School of Evening and Graduate Studies
  • The Honorable Karen Kirks Alexander, Mayor of Salisbury