May 10, 2013
Commencement scheduled for May 11 – moved to Williams Gymnasium

On Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m., graduation caps will be seen soaring through the air at Lees-McRae’s annual commencement ceremony. Among the noteworthy attendees will be this year’s keynote speaker, Ms. Elizabeth H. Roberts, former Director of the Financial Stability Institute (FSI) at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland.

Due to weather conditions, the ceremony will be held in the rain location, Williams Gymnasium.

Parking will be available at the following sites: Chaffee Administration Building, Stinson, Hayes, Cannon Student Center, and Avery parking lots along with the two gravel parking lots of Williams Physical Education Center. These parking lots are on a first come, first served basis. The paved parking lots of Williams Physical Education Center will be reserved for handicapped and VIP/Reserved parking (valid permit required).

Shuttle Service will be available at Hayes, Stinson, Cannon Student Center and Avery parking lots. Signs will be posted for shuttle service at each location. The shuttles will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run continuously until the last person has been shuttled to the ceremony site. Shuttles will also be available at the Best Western Plus Mountain Lodge. That shuttle service will begin at 8:45 a.m. and the last shuttle will run at 10:15 a.m.

Reserved Parking and Seating
The college has reserved the main, paved parking lot of Williams Physical Education Center for guests with mobility impairments; however, the total number of parking spaces is limited. To park in one of these reserved spaces, a valid permit is required. In addition, areas within the seating section have been reserved for wheelchair users and handicapped individuals.

Keynote Speaker
Lees-McRae is honored to welcome Ms. Roberts to campus. Prior to joining the Financial Stability Institute (FSI), she was a staff member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation for more than twenty years. In 1993, she was appointed manager of the Division’s International Policy Section where she developed, among other things, the Federal Reserve’s program for supervising the U.S. operations of foreign banks. Ms. Roberts has also worked in the International Division of First Union National Bank (now Wachovia) and in retail banking at a community bank in the U.S. State of Virginia. Since her retirement, she has continued to work in the area of global financial stability, primarily through special assignments with the International Monetary Fund.

Ms. Roberts has a Masters degree in international finance from the American Graduate School of International Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Studies from Sweet Briar College. She also studied for a year at the Ludwig Maximilian Universitaet in Munich, Germany.

Additional Events
In addition to an exciting keynote speaker, commencement weekend will be full of exciting events including a Baccalaureate Dinner and Baccalaureate/Hooding Service on Friday. The Baccalaureate Dinner will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in MacDonald Dining Hall. Family and friends are welcome to attend. The cost is: $14.00 adults, $7.00 children 6-12 yrs., and free for children 1-5 yrs. Guests must purchase a ticket in advance to attend the dinner. Tickets can be purchased through the Registrar’s Office by calling 828-898-8256. There is no cost for graduates. After dinner, the Baccalaureate/Hooding Service will take place in Hayes Auditorium at 7 p.m.

For more information on Commencement at Lees-McRae, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 828-898-8856 or click here to visit the graduation page of the Lees-McRae College website.

Media Contact:

Blaine Hansen  |  Vice President of Strategic Planning and Effectiveness
Tel: 828.898.8838  |  Email:
President Buxton with Graduate
2012 Keynote Speaker, Bob Jepson, with his wife, Alice.