Commencement 2017 celebrates diversity, achievement and the value of a liberal arts degree
Jun04

Commencement 2017 celebrates diversity, achievement and the value of a liberal arts degree

By Jamie Welch, Editor-in-Chief As graduates prepared to retreat down the steps of Penn Hall, symbolically culminating their college careers, hundreds of family members—smartphones in tow—crowded the lawn in front of Beachem Portico eager to catch a glimpse of one of the 577 graduating seniors from the Class of 2017. “Gettysburg is about the human experience,” Gettysburg College president Janet Morgan Riggs said to the graduating...

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Full text: Johnnetta Betsch Cole delivers address at Commencement 2017
May21

Full text: Johnnetta Betsch Cole delivers address at Commencement 2017

Sister President Janet Morgan Riggs, members of the Board of Trustees, colleagues of the faculty and staff, students, alumni, friends and supporters of this outstanding liberal arts college: Good Afternoon! And a very special good afternoon to the women and men of the hour: the spectacular class of 2017; and to your parents, family members and friends. I want to recognize my husband, James Staton; my dear friend with whom I worked at...

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Full text: Haya Mohanna ’17 delivers student address at Commencement 2017
May21

Full text: Haya Mohanna ’17 delivers student address at Commencement 2017

You know, I always knew that I was short, but it wasn’t until this morning when they told me I have to put a stool on the podium that I realized I’m really short. President Riggs, distinguished guests, our amazing faculty members, staff members, proud parents and relatives and of course, Class of 2017. For those who don’t know me, my name is Haya and I am an international student from the Gaza Strip, Palestine. A...

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Setting the record straight: A response to Anthony Wagner’s call to pull all support from Robert Spencer’s speech
May02

Setting the record straight: A response to Anthony Wagner’s call to pull all support from Robert Spencer’s speech

Editor’s Note: This column is in response to a piece published by Anthony Wagner earlier this week that called on President Riggs to rescind Robert Spencer’s invitation to speak. In that piece, Wagner claimed that the Senate had “breached its own Constitution when it allocated funding to Young Americans for Freedom for the purpose of Spencer’s talk.” By Michael Mancuso, Senator of the Class of 2019 Anthony...

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President Janet Morgan Riggs responds to open letter from alums on Robert Spencer
May01

President Janet Morgan Riggs responds to open letter from alums on Robert Spencer

Editor’s Note: The following letter is a response from College president Janet Morgan Riggs to the open letter sent by 375 alums urging President Riggs to not allow Robert Spencer to speak on Wednesday. By Janet Morgan Riggs, Gettysburg College President I want to begin by thanking those who signed the petition requesting that we rescind our invitation to Robert Spencer for caring enough about Gettysburg College to speak out. To...

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