St. Andrews finalizing commencement, baccalaureate plans
Laurinburg, N.C. – With just over two weeks remaining before the end of the spring 2011 semester, St. Andrews Presbyterian College continues to finalize the plans for the end of year ceremonies.
U.S. Senator Richard Burr will serve as the graduation speaker at the 114th Commencement Ceremony on May 7.
“Senator Burr has long been a Congressional leader on issues that advance higher education,” said College President Paul Baldasare. “He and his staff have been strong advocates for St. Andrews over the past four years, and we are honored that he will be with us at commencement to share with our graduates and their families his thoughts and ideas about the importance of education in the 21st century.”
Senior class speakers Joanna Hipp and Elizabeth Scotch will also share their insights after being selected by their peers. In addition to the class speakers, two seniors are selected annually to represent the class by carrying the St. Andrews banners during the procession.
“This year, that distinction goes to Phil Ratchford and Amy Tripson, two of our student leaders,” said Robert Hopkins, vice president for academic affairs and dean of students. “Both have served on the student government association and participated in activities such as athletics, equestrian, and theatre while also maintaining a high level of academic performance.”
The college will confer 120 baccalaureate degrees at the ceremony that begins at 9 a.m. on DeTamble Terrace.
On May 6 beginning at 4 p.m. the Rev. Elizabeth McNair Ayscue, a native of Laurinburg, will present the sermon at the 2011 Baccalaureate Service. Three students have been selected to serve as lay readers for the event. They are Molly Basten, Rebecca Brandenburg and Ratchford.
For more information about these events, call 910-277-5240.
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An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.
On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.