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Commencement to be Webcast Saturday

May 10th, 2011

By Sarah Pride and David Halbrook

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 441-8722
OfficeOfCommunications@phc.edu

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New alumni celebrate after 2010 Commencement

This Saturday’s Commencement exercises at Patrick Henry College, 11:00 a.m., May 14th, will see 58 young men and women cross the stage to receive diplomas. The ceremony will be webcast live at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time and will feature an address from American hero Col. Oliver North, a combat-decorated Marine, #1 best-selling author, and syndicated columnist, as well as a Fox News documentary host and war correspondent.

“It takes courage to stand for truth in the marketplace of ideas,” noted President Graham Walker, “and Oliver North has exemplified that. I’m certain his message will inspire our students, many of whom are already standing strong for truth in their individual endeavors and will do so more in the future.”

In addition to special student awards, College Chancellor and founder Dr. Michael Farris will issue a charge to the students. There will be keynote speeches from seniors Jonathan Carden and Hannah Mitchell, as well as a performance by the PHC Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Steven McCollum, Director of the College’s Music Program.

This year’s list of graduates from five majors includes students who have organized 9/11 memorials, directed Eden Troupe plays, dedicated hours to the local emergency medical service, served as presidents of many campus clubs, published literary newsletters, energized PHC sports teams, arranged beautiful student dances, and much more. Some have found their spouses at college; one plans to spend the next summer teaching in an inner-city high school. Many have plans for graduate school, including one who will be attending Yale Law School next fall.

“This is a beautiful close to what has been a pivotal year in the life of the College,” added Dr. Walker. “Not only have we seen the vision for the future open up more clearly than ever, but this class, which helps us close out a remarkable first decade in the College’s life, has also, as a student body, grown visibly closer to Christ. I have every hope that God will use each one of them in powerful ways.”

Visit the PHC website on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern to view the live Commencement webcast!