Commencement to Take Place May 7
Guilford will hold commencement exercises in its 174th year Saturday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of King Hall. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be in Ragan-Brown Field House.
The ceremony will include students who completed degree requirements during the spring 2011, summer 2010 and fall 2010 semesters.
President Kent Chabotar will preside over his ninth commencement and give the charge to the graduates. Invited speaker Susanna Paisley ’91 and student speakers Daniel W.T. Hood ’11 and Nicole Cornett Arnold ’11 will each deliver remarks.
Paisley is director of development for the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) and a part-time lecturer at the University of Kent in England. She is known for ground-breaking work with the spectacled bear of South America, which lives in the Andean cloud forest, one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. Her research interests center on people-animal interaction and the conservation of biological diversity. She won the prestigious Whitley Award for Animal Conservation in 1997.
Paisley earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Guilford in 1991 and a doctorate in biodiversity management from DICE in 2001. She is the daughter of Anne Newton Paisley ’54 of Winston-Salem.
Hood, from Greensboro, will graduate with a major in history and minor in medieval and early modern studies. He is recipient of several history department awards and is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. During his time at Guilford, he has participated in the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program, Guilford College Choir and Jazz Ensemble, and the German Club’s “Oom-Pah” Band, and was a tutor, admission tour guide and worked in the library. He studied abroad at Ireland’s University of Limerick, and will continue his interest in Irish history by pursuing an M.A. in history at Boston College.
Arnold, originally from Maysville, Ky., has earned a degree in community and justice studies with a minor in interpersonal communication. As a student intern in the Center for Continuing Education, she developed the adult program’s “Friend to Friend” mentoring program, and now works full time as CCE adult student success coordinator. She is a past student representative to the Student Government Association, and was SGA activities director. She also served as a student representative on several College committees. Arnold has been honored as a multiple dean’s list member, Dana Scholar and Hull Award winner, and as a recipient of the community and justice studies department’s Outstanding Service Award.
The College will hold a baccalaureate service for graduates, their families and friends Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in Dana Auditorium.
Students may find additional information about the commencement schedule on GuilfordNet.
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