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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.

Peter 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.