Dr. Kerry Sherin Wright, director of the Alumni Writers House at Franklin & Marshall College, spoke at PCA&D's 31st annual commencement ceremony held on May 4.
Dr. Wright speaks at the podium while PCA&D President Mary Colleen Heil listens.
She spoke of her college days when she hung with Steve Jobs (yes, that Steve Jobs), and shared anecdotes and advice for the Class of 2013. Wright urged them to "learn your craft; exercise your power." In fact, she reflected, artists whom she has known "...transformed the lives of the people who encountered them."
Wright also got the audience involved: everyone received card stock on which to write a six-word memoir about themselves. After the ceremony, many family members came up to Wright to share their six words. Wright laughed and shook her head knowingly as she read the personal, funny, and authentic "memoirs."
PCA&D Trustees joined college administrators for the 31st commencement. Pictured from l. to r. are Trustee Randy Patterson, Academic Dean Marc Torick, Trustee Judy Ware, Trustee and Chairman of the Board Robert Macina, speaker Dr. Kerry Wright, Trustee Susan Traverso, President Mary Colleen Heil, Dean of Students Pam Richardson, and Trustee Mark Korman.
One of PCA&D's unique traditions at graduation is when the seniors, who are now officially alumni, turn to the audience -- their family members -- and give them a round of applause to signify "thanks" for making their education possible.
One of the lighter moments during graduation happened when Heather Moore's grandmother exclaimed "That's my granddaugher!" in a tone loud enough to be heard on stage. Shown above are Trustee Robert Macina and Heather reacting to the humorous remark. PCA&D President Heil is also seen behind Macina.
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