McDaniel College will hold its 148th commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, with professor emeritus Francis "Skip" Fennell as the commencement speaker, the college announced Tuesday.
The ceremony takes place in Gill Center at McDaniel, 2 College Hill, Westminster, and more than 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees are being awarded, according to a news release from the college.
Fennel, a mathematics education expert and past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, directs the Brookhill Institute of Mathematics supported Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project, according to the release. He is also the mathematics adviser for the PBS shows "Peg + CAT" and "Odd Squad."
Each year during commencement, special student awards are also presented, though they aren't announced until the commencement ceremony, according to the release. These include the two undergraduate awards — the Argonaut Award, which is presented to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average, and the Edith Farr Ridington Writing Award for the best paper by a graduating senior.
The two graduate student awards are the B. Jill Brooks Hodge Professional Development Award, which is given to graduate students who have demonstrated "academic excellence with a strong compassion for individuals with special needs and an interest in serving the deaf or disabled," and the Joan Develin Coley Award for Excellence in Education, which is given to a graduate student with the best record in the study of literacy theory and practice, according to the release.
There are also a number of events on Friday leading up to commencement.
McDaniel's Green Terror Battalion Army ROTC program will host its Commissioning Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 18 in Baker Memorial Chapel, according to the release.
There are seven graduating seniors from McDaniel being commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, the first woman and the first African-American to command the Maryland Army National Guard, is the guest speaker, according to the release.
The annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation takes place at 6:30 p.m. May 18 in Gill Center, according to the release. Graduating seniors receive academic, activity and leadership awards, including the Bates Prize for the most outstanding male graduating senior and Mary Ward Lewis Prize for the most outstanding female graduating senior, according to the release.
Graduating seniors will also process through Ward Memorial Arch to Baker Memorial Chapel at approximately 5:45 p.m. prior to the Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation, according to the release.