April 29, 2019
McDaniel College announces its 149th Commencement to be held on Saturday, May 25. More than 600 graduate and undergraduate degrees are expected to be awarded during two ceremonies: Graduate ceremony begins at 9 a.m., followed by the Undergraduate ceremony at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies take place on campus in Gill Center.
Former McDaniel College President Joan Develin Coley is the graduate commencement speaker. As the College’s first female president and the first to be promoted from the faculty ranks, Coley, President Emerita, served the College for nearly four decades as a professor of Education, department chair, Dean of Graduate Affairs, Provost and as the eighth president. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon her retirement from McDaniel in 2010.
Undergraduate commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient is Carroll County philanthropist Martin K.P. Hill, president of Woodhaven Building and Development, Inc. Hill, who is stepping down as the college’s board chair after serving in this role since 2007, has been an active member of the College’s Board of Trustees for 26 years. He was named an honorary alumnus of McDaniel in 2015. Hill began his relationship with McDaniel in 1990 when his daughter, Jennifer Hill Bubczyk, a 1993 graduate, transferred to the college.
Special student awards are annually presented at McDaniel’s Commencement. Award winners are not revealed until the ceremonies.