Marietta College’s 179th commencement scheduled for May 1

Paige Barry ’16 (Macedonia, Ohio) is focused on getting into dental school, but for a few hours on Sunday she’s going to let herself enjoy her final hours at Marietta College.

“I’m feeling a little bit bitter sweet about graduation — it’s such a huge accomplishment, but Marietta has been my home for the past four years and it still hasn’t really sunk in yet that I won’t be returning,” said Barry, who will earn a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

Barry is one of about 250 students who will participate in the 179th Commencement at Marietta, which starts at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 1, in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. The graduating class entered as freshmen the same year President Joseph W. Bruno took over as the 18th president at Marietta. Bruno, who announced his resignation back in November, will be conducting his final Commencement ceremony at Marietta.

Commencement activities begin on Saturday with the traditional Strawberries & Crème luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. at DBRC. Up next is the Baccalaureate Service from 2-3 p.m. on Fenton Court and the day wraps with a family reception at the President’s Home.

The Commencement ceremony will include a number of awards, including the announcement of the valedictorian and salutatorian. The student body will also hear the top two Jewett Orations.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Helene Cooper will deliver the keynote address to the graduates. Following the ceremony will be food and photo opportunities on Fenton Court and in the Kremer Amphitheatre.

Marietta College will also be streaming Commencement live at http://livestream.com/accounts/6486015/events/4865271.