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Commencement 2017


Thiel College will celebrate its 143rd Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Passavant Center. Baccalaureate will be held at 10 a.m. in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel.

Schedule of Events

9:45 a.m.
Call to Worship, Ringing of the College Bell

10 a.m.
Baccalaureate Service, David Johnson Memorial Chapel

11:15 a.m.
Class of 2017 Tree Dedication, Brother Martin's Walk

11:45 a.m.
Gala Luncheon, TC Cafe in the Howard Miller Student Center (HMSC)
Reservations required for graduates and guests.

1 p.m.
Graduate Robing, Rissell-Beeghly Gymnasia
Faculty Robing, Greenville Hall
Platform Party Robing and Photographs, Friends of Art Gallery in the HMSC

2 p.m.
Commencement Exercises, William A. Passavant Center

3:30 p.m.
Commencement Reception, HMSC terrace and lawn
Rain location: Lutheran Heritage Room in the HMSC

Edward J. Grefenstette, Commencement Speaker

Ed serves as a trustee of The Dietrich Foundation, as well as its president, chief executive officer and chief investment officer. Based in Pittsburgh, The Dietrich Foundation was formed following the passing of William S. Dietrich II in October 2011. The original asset base of The Dietrich Foundation (currently ~$800 million) was derived principally from The Dietrich Charitable Trusts (DCT), which were formed in 1996 and funded by Bill Dietrich (following the sale of Dietrich Industries) primarily to support higher education institutions and other civic and charitable organizations in Western Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining the Dietrich Charitable Trusts in April 2010 (now The Dietrich Foundation), Ed served as treasurer and chief investment officer of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He previously co-founded Commonwealth Capital Group, L.P., a small-cap private equity fund, following seven years in investment banking and law. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics with honors from Georgetown University, a J.D. with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, and an M.B.A. in finance and strategy with honors from Carnegie Mellon University.

In addition to serving as a trustee or director of Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, The Hillman Company and the Hillman Family Foundations, he is also a member of the investment committees of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Emeritus Professors

Michael R. Bray, D.M.A., professor of music and director of the Thiel Choir
Christopher H. Moinet, Ph.D., professor of English
Curtis L. Thompson, Ph.D., professor of religion

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