By Daniel Porterfield, July 2, 2015.

On a cool and cloudy May morning, after a moving rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” I had the privilege of handing diplomas to 535 new graduates of Franklin & Marshall College.

One was L’Oreal, an English major from Newark, New Jersey, who earned a 3.2 GPA while excelling on stage. She’s headed to Brown University to pursue her doctorate in theater.

Another was Markera, from Coatesville, Pennsylvania. With a 3.8 GPA, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, conducted research in psychology, studied abroad in France, and will next serve our country in Memphis with Teach For America.

A third was Michael. He also graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a 3.8 average, earned the college’s achievement award for his work in German, and will spend next year in Germany on a Fulbright fellowship.

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