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2002 Commencement


Commencement procession


Messages of thanks to mom and dad atop black mortarboards... throngs of family members bearing gifts of spring flowers, oversized balloons and shiny packages ...warm hugs, the best of wishes and, of course, many, many tears...

On Sunday, May 19, 253 graduates received diplomas from President Zimon as they walked across the platform on Science Field.

In addition, 137 graduates of Albright’s Accelerated Degree Completion Program (DCP) received diplomas at the fourth commencement ceremony of Albright College’s Graduate and Professional Division on Saturday, June 8, in Memorial Chapel.

Honorary degrees were presented to:

  • Benjamin S. Carson, M.D. (Commencement speaker), director of pediatric neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • Durland D. Fish, Ph.D. ’66, epidemiologist and specialist on West Nile virus and Lyme disease; professor, Yale University
  • Philip A. Eyrich ’58 (posthumous), professor of political science, Albright College
  • Rosemarie B. Greco (DCP Commencement speaker), founder and owner, GRECOventures Ltd., former CEO of CoreStates Bank, and noted Philadelphia philanthropist.
  • Charles Yrigoyen, former Albright professor of religion and chaplain, spoke during the baccalaureate ceremony earlier on May 19. Yrigoyen serves as general secretary of the Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church.

Commencement Speaker Ben Carson

Benjamin S. Carson, M.D., director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, gives an inspiring Commencement address to the Class of 2002. Carson, the author of the bestselling book Gifted Hands, gained worldwide recognition in 1987 as the principal surgeon in the unprecedented surgical separation of cranially Siamese twins. Carson told of overcoming poverty, bad grades and being called the “stupidest kid in class” to become a surgeon.

Commencement 2002

Former Albright professor of religion and chaplain, Charles Yrigoyen addressed graduates at the Baccalaureate ceremony.

DCP grads

After a lot of hard work and dedication, smiles are everywhere as Albright’s DCP graduates receive their degrees.

Hooding ceremony

Graduates receive their hoods at the Baccalaureate ceremony.

Pres. Zimon with a DCP grad Rosemarie B. Greco, founder of GRECOventures Ltd., former CEO of CoreStates Bank and noted Philadelphia philanthropist, spoke to the DCP Class of 2002 and received an honorary degree from President Zimon.


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