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Seniors Choose Assistant Dean as Commencement Speaker at St. John's College
FOR RELEASE: May 1, 2009
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey, 410.626.2539
One hundred and ten St. John's College seniors, having completed their senior essays and defended them in oral examinations, are expected to receive their diplomas at the college's 217th commencement ceremony on the college's front lawn on Sunday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. The graduating seniors represent 25 states and the District of Columbia, Brazil, France, and China. Thirty-nine students from the Graduate Institute will receive their master's degrees.
The seniors at St. John's choose their commencement speaker. This year they asked Anita Kronsberg, a longtime tutor at the college who is currently assistant dean, to give the commencement speech. "I am touched and honored," says Ms. Kronsberg of being selected as the 2009 commencement speaker. Ms. Kronsberg joined the college as a tutor in 1984.
The college's commencement ceremonies are simple, but rich with tradition. A procession of faculty and students opens the ceremony on the tree-lined front lawn. A handful of prizes and honorable mentions are awarded before each student is given a diploma and congratulated by President Christopher B. Nelson.
Graduating seniors from Maryland are: Luke Anthony Russell, Christopher Pierce Borders, and Ashley Brooke Tyler, of Annapolis; John Paul Lucien McIntyre and Seth Gregory Appelbaum, of Baltimore; Rachel Michelle Bartgis, Millersville; Christopher Michael Borchert, Hagerstown; Hannah Custis, Cambridge; Ashley Renee Fetterolf, Earleville; Joseph Filvarof, Silver Spring; Patrick Auer Jones, Catonsville; Maria Nicole Lunsford, Brookeville; Brittany Rae McBride, Mitchellville; Lauren Elaine Mooney, Rockville; Nathan Jeffrey Oesch, Bethesda; Melissa Anne Peiser, Owings Mills; Christopher Scott Thorn, Davidsonville; and Katherine Leigh Walter, Westminster.
Graduate students from Maryland are: Katharine Marie Cerezo, Jared Alexander Favole, and Rosemary Harty, of Annapolis; Johnny Lee Young, of Severn; Jennifer Anne Boyd, Nicholas Solway Jan Hondrum, and Colin Andrew Joseph Murphy, of Baltimore; Darrin Shane Broadwater, LaVale; David Nicholas Bahr, Kensington; Kevin David Gurubatham, Silver Spring; Lisa Marie Moscatiello, Takoma Park; and April Dawn Pierman, Grasonville.
In case of rain, commencement exercises will take place in Francis Scott Key Auditorium, where admission will be by ticket only and limited to immediate family of the graduates. From 10:15 a.m. to Noon, College Avenue will be closed to traffic from St. John's Street to King George Street; the first block of Prince George Street will be closed as well.