College announces graduation speakers for traditional, SCPS ceremonies

Gwen Fries April 15, 2015 0

A Campus News email distributed on Friday, April 10 announced the speakers for commencement ceremonies of both the traditional school and School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). E. Roe Stamps IV will speak at the traditional school’s ceremony, and Dana Chryst has been chosen to speak at the SCPS graduation.

Stamps supports current undergraduate students through the Stamps Leadership Scholars program. With his wife, Penny, his program works to mentor high achieving students. Eighteen current Elizabethtown College students are recognized Stamps Scholars.

Stamps also cofounded a private investment company called Summit Partners, which is based in Boston. He graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School, and holds an industrial engineering degree from Georgia Tech. Stamps is also a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Along with Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow Dr. Donald Kraybill and Phil Clemens, an active member of the College’s High Center and CEO of the Clemens Family Corporation, which owns Hatfield Quality Meats, Stamps will be awarded an honorary degree at the traditional school’s commencement ceremony.

Chryst has been involved with the Jay Group from childhood as the daughter of the group’s founder. She became an account executive in 1981 and became CEO in 2001.

According to the Campus News email announcing Chryst as the SCPS ceremony speaker, her work with the Jay Group company involves “provid[ing] leadership in casting vision, setting strategy, ensuring excellence in execution and building the culture of The Jay Group.”

Chryst holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Millersville University and, like Stamps, will be awarded an honorary degree at the SCPS commencement ceremony.

The traditional school and SCPS commencement ceremonies will both be held on Saturday, May 16. The traditional school’s ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in the Dell, or in Thompson Gymnasium in case of rain. Commencement for the SCPS will be held in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center at 4 p.m.


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