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Commencement 2018


Thiel College will celebrate its 144th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 6, 2018 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 2018 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

Donald Kraybill, Ph.D., Commencement Speaker

Donald Kraybill headshot

Donald Kraybill, Ph.D., is the Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. Internationally recognized for his work on the Amish and Mennonite traditions, Kraybill is the author of more than 18 books and dozens of peer-reviewed and popular articles. His books have been translated into six languages, and his research has been featured in magazines and newspapers across the country. In 2012, he served as senior consultant for the PBS show, “The American Experience: The Amish.”

Kraybill was the Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow at the Young Center from 2003-2017. Previously, he served as chair of the Sociology and Social Work Department at Elizabethtown from 1979 to 1985 and as director of the Young Center from 1989 to 1996. He was provost of Messiah College (Pa.) from 1996 to 2002.

Emeritus Professors

Mark DelMaramo, Ph.D., professor of English

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