State Senator Ted Erickson, Reading Eagle Co. CEO to Address
Graduates at 2013 Albright College Commencement Ceremonies
April 4, 2013
Reading, Pa. – Approximately
350 traditional graduates, five master’s degree graduates and 70 Accelerated
Degree Program (ADP) graduates will receive their Albright diplomas Sunday, May
19. The Commencement ceremony for Albright’s traditional undergraduate program
and master’s program in education will be held at 10 a.m. in Gene Shirk
Stadium, followed by the ADP ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.
Pennsylvania State Senator and Albright
alumnus Edwin B. “Ted” Erickson III will receive an honorary degree and speak
to graduating seniors during the morning ceremony. Senator Erickson, a 1960
graduate of the College and a former Albright trustee, has served in the State
Senate since being elected in 2001. He previously served as a Delaware County
executive and as regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency. Having earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry and microbiology from Bryn Mawr
College, Erickson taught at Hamilton College, Drexel University and East
Stroudsburg State College.
Honorary degrees will also be presented to retired
General Electric executive Jack O. Peiffer, Albright class of 1955, and the Reverend J. William Lentz, Jr., Albright class of 1982, senior
pastor of First United Methodist Church in Lancaster, Pa.
Barbey, the president and chief executive officer of the Reading Eagle Company,
will address the ADP graduates in the afternoon ceremony.
A Baccalaureate service will be held the
day prior, Saturday, May 18, at 4 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. The Reverend Dr.
Thomas L. Blackstone, Albright class of 1984 and pastor of Green Street United
Methodist Church, in Augusta, Maine, will deliver the Baccalaureate sermon. Blackstone’s
son, Alexander, is a graduating senior this year.
Albright is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. Albright College enrolls 1,650 undergraduates in traditional programs, and another 600 adult students in accelerated degree and graduate programs.