Munyan (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO , Carroll County Times)

After 412 McDaniel College graduates receive their bachelor's degrees Saturday, they will depart campus and start the next phase of their lives.

Here's a look at the plans of some McDaniel College students:


Caitlin Bennett

From: Seattle

Degrees: Art history and studio art

Her McDaniel experience: Bennett traveled thousands of miles from her native city to make McDaniel College her home. And it was the right choice, she said, making some of the closest friends in her life at the school. She was a part of the Honor Program, studied abroad in Budapest and found some great mentors, she said.

What's next: Bennett will be attending the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, working toward a master's in fine art and studio art. Her career goals are to teach art at a university or to become a gallery curator.

Veronica Lathroum

From: Linthicum

Degrees: History with minors in art history, Latin and literature

Her McDaniel experience: Lathroum didn't waver. She came to McDaniel wanting to major in history, and that's exactly what she did. She is the fourth Lathroum sibling to graduate from McDaniel. "I've made some of the best friends in my life here," she said. "I've loved my professors. They helped me through everything."

What's next: Lathroum will be interning at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. She is planning to pursue a graduate degree in museum studies and is planning to work in a museum one day.

Ben Munyan

From: Middletown

Degrees: Environmental policy and science with a minor in Spanish

His McDaniel experience: Munyan came to McDaniel as a baseball player planning to major in business. He's leaving as a decathlete focused on environmental policy. A shoulder injury ended his baseball endeavors, so he gave track a try and took on the grueling decathlon. He said he is proud of taking advantage of all the campus had to offer during his four years there.

What's next: Munyan will depart Aug. 13 to begin 27 months as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jinotepe, Nicaragua. McDaniel associate professor Scott Hardy, a former Peace Corps volunteer, encouraged Munyan to consider the program. Hardy was Munyan's freshman adviser. This will be a new experience for Munyan, who aside from a trip to Spain, has not been out of the United States for an extended period.