|Photo courtesy of Sewanee: The
University of the South.
On Sunday, May 29, all 104 members of the Class of 2016, along with their families, guests and all attendees, will hear from Dr. John M. McCardell Jr., Vice-Chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South and this year’s featured Commencement speaker.
In addition to his position at Sewanee, McCardell is the President emeritus of Middlebury College and the chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
Among his many accomplishments, McCardell is a distinguished historical scholar, particularly in the field of U.S. history in the 19th Century. Additionally, he is a respected leader in liberal arts education and has authored many published essays, chapters, articles and book reviews.
In 1971, he graduated from Washington and Lee University, after which he did his graduate work at The John Hopkins University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in history in 1976. He is also the recipient of honorary degrees from Washington and Lee University and St. Michael’s College.
For seniors, Commencement weekend will open on Saturday, May 28, with the Alumni Association Induction Brunch at 9 a.m. in Ellsworth Hall to celebrate their official welcome into the class of our esteemed alumni. Senior Celebration will follow at 11 a.m. in the Chapel.
The following day, Western Reserve Academy’s newest graduates will be awarded their diplomas with the ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the Chapel lawn. The recipients of the school’s major prizes will be announced as well.
This year, the student speakers are seniors Niraj Naik during Commencement and Max Borrmann during Senior Celebration.