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Catawba College to Host Graduation Exercises May 12

May 04, 2007

Category: Academics, Evening & Graduate, Events

GraduationCatawba College will host two graduation  exercises on Saturday, May 12 in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. Those planning to attend, however, will need a ticket.

On that day, 187 students in the College's traditional day program will participate in a 10 a.m. exercise, and close to 100 adult students in the College's School of Evening and Graduate Studies program will receive their diplomas in a 2 p.m. exercise. Each prospective graduate is being given a limited number of tickets for their friends and family, and college officials note that persons without a ticket should not expect to be admitted to the 1450-seat auditorium. A video simulcast of both ceremonies will be available in Hedrick Theatre to accommodate any overflow of visitors.

Dr. Robert Knott, Catawba College president, will deliver his charge to each group of graduates and the duration of each ceremony on May 12 is expected to be less than two hours. The Whitener Awards, given annually to the top academic male and female in the traditional program's graduating class, will be presented during the 10 a.m. exercise, while the Barbara Andrews Award, given annually to the top academic student in the evening program, will be presented during the 2 p.m. exercise. Additionally, during the 10 a.m. exercise, two honorary degrees will be conferred and the annual O.B. Michael Distinguished Alumnus Award will be presented.

The two Salisbury residents will receive honorary degrees. They are Wilson L. Smith and William C. Stanback. Both will receive Doctor of Humanitarian Service degrees from the institution.

Catawba College Alumnus Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine '52 of Pinehurst will be presented the annual O.B. Michael Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award is given annually by the Alumni Association Board of Directors in memory of the Reverend O.B. Michael, class of 1919. The award is presented to an alumnus or alumna who has made a valuable contribution to the College and/or to society.

Baccalaureate Service
Graduating seniors from both the traditional day and the School of Evening and Graduate Studies programs will attend Catawba's Baccalaureate Service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus and tickets are not required.

The Reverend Dr. Robert Thompson, pastor of Corinth Reformed United Church of Christ in Hickory, will be the speaker with remarks entitled, "What's Your Theory?"  

Following the Baccalaureate Service, the graduating class will process by candlelight in the traditional Marshal's Walk from the chapel, along Oliver's Way, to the exterior of the Robertson College-Community.

For a complete listing of graduation activities, visit the Graduation page.