Students line up outside of Kirby Sports Center for Commencement 2014.Lafayette College will hold its 180th Commencement at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 outside on the campus Quad. The academic procession will begin at 2:15 p.m.  In case of rain, one or both ceremonies may be held in Kirby Sports Center.

Lafayette will award 615 degrees to 595 graduates.

Cory Spera ’15 will deliver farewell remarks for the Class of 2015, and in Lafayette tradition, present the sword of the Marquis de Lafayette to his classmates. He is the recipient of the George Wharton Pepper Prize, awarded to the senior who “most closely represents the Lafayette ideal.” Spera, of Lorton, Va., will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in biology. Read more about Spera here.

Erik Weihenmayer, blind adventurer, author, and filmmaker, will be the Commencement speaker for the Class of 2015 and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

“I am delighted that Erik Weihenmayer will address our graduates and parents at Commencement,” says President Alison Byerly. “His courage, passion, and accomplishments are extraordinary, as is his selfless commitment to helping others overcome obstacles. I know our students will be uplifted and inspired by his example.”

In addition to Weihenmayer, Lafayette is awarding honorary degrees to the following individuals:

– Karl Stirner, internationally known sculptor and pioneer of the arts community in Easton, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.

– Miles Young, worldwide chairman and chief executive of Ogilvy & Mather and president of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

Read more about Lafayette’s Commencement online.

The ceremony will be streamed live and complete coverage will be on the Lafayette website Saturday night, including videos, photo galleries, and an article. Also, follow the ceremony on Twitter via @LafCol or #Lafayette15.

Lafayette is a highly selective, national liberal arts college in Easton, Pa. with 2,400 students and 215 full-time faculty, offering a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs including engineering.


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Erik Weihenmayer, photography by Michael Brown,
Karl Stirner, photo by Ken Ek,
Miles Young, photo courtesy of Association Hermione-Lafayette,

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Kristine Y. Todaro
Director of Special Projects/Media Relations
Communications Div.
Lafayette College
Easton, Pa. 18042
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