Manor College celebrated Commencement on Thursday, May 23, 2019, graduating 116 students from its Summer 2018, December 2018, and May 2019 terms.
Montgomery County Board Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence addressed graduates in his first ever Commencement speech. He shared his personal academic journey and how his struggle to find the right scholastic path allowed him to find his purpose and to use failure as a temporary stop that doesn’t define oneself. He encouraged the graduating class to build and maintain their networks, to keep learning, and to show appreciation for those who help them in their journey to success.
Lynette Lark, Class of 2019 Basileiad Scholar delivered the Commencement oration in which she urged her classmates to be the best versions of themselves, to use what they’ve learned at Manor to move outside of comfort zones, to take ownership of life’s decisions, and to never give up on their dreams.
Anna Melnyk Allen, of the Manor College Board of Trusties, was the Master of Ceremonies, while the invocation was given by Father John Ciurpita, Manor Chaplain. Dr. Jonathan Peri, College President, and Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Calandra Lockhart conferred the degrees. Anna Melnyk Allen conferred the trustee awards, while Brendan Gillespie, Class of ’11 and Alumni Association President welcomed the new alumni to the Manor alumni community.
The Dylan Band Saxophone Quartet contributed live music to the event.