Olivet College Commencement scheduled for May 21
May 10, 2011
OLIVET, Mich. Olivet College will recognize more than 160 seniors as part of graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at The Cutler Event Center. Baccalaureate will be held Friday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Olivet Congregational Church.
During the Commencement ceremony, Stanley Dole, Olivet College Board of Trustees treasurer, and Betsy Dole, trustee emeritus, will be presented with Doctors of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
Residents of Grand Rapids, the Doles are longtime supporters of Olivet College, the United Church of Christ and their community.
Betsy served more than 20 years on the college’s board of trustees. She co-chaired the capital campaign during her tenure, which raised $4 million to expand and renovate Burrage Library. She was the first woman to serve as chair of the board from 1992-97, during which time she helped lead the college through a comprehensive transformation. In addition, she founded the Betsy Dole Women’s Resource Center on campus. Betsy earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oberlin College and has received many honors, including the Olivet College Leadership Award.
Stanley is a certified public accountant who specialized in auditing non-profit organizations. He continues to advise non-profit organizations on investment and accounting issues, recently serving as treasurer of several of them. Stanley has served the local, state and national United Church of Christ in many capacities over the years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Bowdoin College, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Christine Moulton, of Royal Oak, is the senior class speaker for Commencement. Speaking at Baccalaureate are Sarah Augustine, of Bellevue; Casey Eash, of Marshall; Matthew Jenca, of Bath; and Zachary McMunigal, of Linden. Clair Stevens, J.D., associate professor of insurance and risk management, was also chosen by the senior class to speak as part of Baccalaureate.
Preceding Baccalaureate, a sculpture dedication will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the College Square. The event will feature Olivet College President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.; Tom Kolassa, trustee and 1969 alumnus; and Gary Wertheimer, Visual Arts Department chair and professor of art. Kolassa commissioned Wertheimer to create the sculpture, an acorn, which symbolizes opportunity at Olivet College.
For more information about Commencement activities, call (269) 749-7618 or visit Olivet’s website at www.olivetcollege.edu.