May 14, 2015

Campus Readies for Commencement 2015

The College will hold Commencement in its 178th year at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, on the lawn outside King Hall.

Jane Fernandes will preside over her first Commencement as president and will deliver a welcome to attendees. She will be joined by invited speaker Aaron Fetrow, former vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Aaron, who now holds the same post at Roanoke College, left Guilford last summer after 10 years as a student affairs and campus life administrator.

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Julia Draper and David Frazier will speak for traditional and adult students, respectively, during the ceremony.

A native of Tallahassee, Fla., Julia designed her own integrative studies major – integrative health care. She is applying to medical schools. Julia was a Principled Problem Solving and Strategic Reinvestment Scholar and a member of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program, Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program and Honors Program. She was an advocate in the Judicial System and a member of the Personal Growth Group.

David, who completed his degree in August 2014, was a community & justice studies major with a minor in U.S. history. A native of Orem, Utah, and 20-year resident of Greensboro, he was a member of Hillel and participated with the Interactive Resource Center and Greensboro Urban Ministries. David works as volunteer coordinator for Jewish Family Services and will pursue a master’s degree in Peace & Conflict Studies at UNCG.

Commencement will also feature the presentation of the first honorary degree in the College’s history to Susan Briggs, renowned trauma surgeon and humanitarian. She will receive the doctor of humane letters degree, honoris causa.

Susan is a senior surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and director of the International Trauma and Disaster Institute at Massachusetts General. She is president-elect of the Boston Surgical Society and past president of the Panamerican Trauma Association.

She has been active nationally and internationally in trauma and disaster relief activities with government agencies and non-profit organizations such as Project Hope, the American Refugee Committee and International Medical Corps.

A Commencement schedule and FAQ are available online.