THE GOSHEN NEWS
GOSHEN — The 115th commencement of Goshen College will cap a weekend of festivities at the college and kick-off the local graduation season this Sunday.
There are 244 undergraduates scheduled to receive degrees Sunday, as well as 16 master’s degree candidates.
Festivities on the campus begin Saturday afternoon and include a nurses’ pinning ceremony, department receptions, a senior class program and a President’s reception for graduates and families.
On Sunday there will be a baccalaureate service at 11 a.m. followed by the annual commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. inside the Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center. Tickets are not required to attend.
The commencement speaker for Sunday’s main ceremony will be Dan Charles, a food and agriculture correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). His speech is titled “Searching for what’s real in a digital world.”
Since 2011, Charles has reported for NPR on the culture, business and science behind food. Before working at NPR, Charles was an independent radio producer and writer. He contributed articles on technology, public health, environment and education to magazines including National Geographic, New Scientist and Scientist.
In 2009-10 Charles taught journalism in Ukraine through the Fulbright program. He is the author of two books — “Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, The Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare” and “Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food” about the origins of genetically engineered crops.
Charles grew up in a rural Mennonite community near Lancaster, Pa. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and international affairs from American University in 1982. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Brigid McCarthy, and two daughters. They attend Community House Church.