Commencement festivities begin Wed., May 22, at 10 a.m. on the Front Lawn with the traditional baccalaureate service, featuring speaker Kerry Egan ’95. Egan is the New York Times bestselling author of “On Living” (Riverhead, 2016) and “Fumbling” (Doubleday, 2004). Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Woman’s Day, Oprah.com, Parents and Readers’ Digest, among other publications. A hospice chaplain by training and vocation, her work with the dying and living has been featured on NPR, PBS and CNN. She was the 2019 Hannah Judy Gretz Fellow at Ragdale Foundation and an Aspen Words Writer in Residence at the Aspen Institute. She is a member of W&L’s Class of 1995 and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School.
Also speaking at the baccalaureate service are this year’s recipients of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, MaKayla Lorick, of Lexington, Virginia, and Jackson Roberts, of Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland. The two were selected by the faculty as individuals who best demonstrate high ideals of living, spiritual qualities and generous service to others.