Local resident graduates from Macalester College

Jacob John Essig-Beatty, the son of Mary Essig and David Beatty of Lewisburg, graduated from Macalester during the college’s Commencement exercises on May 14. Essig-Beatty received a liberal arts degree in Music. Essig-Beatty is a graduate of Greenbrier East High School.
Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg presented diplomas to 491 graduating seniors. Commencement ceremonies included an academic procession led by the Macalester Pipe Band, flag bearers representing the 39 countries of the 65 graduating international seniors plus the U.S. and U.N. flags, faculty in academic robes and the 491 seniors.
Actress and playwright Danai Gurira ’01 joined Gary D. Hines ‘74, music director and producer of the three-time Grammy award-winning Sounds of Blackness, as the 2016 Commencement speakers on May 14.
This year’s honorary degree recipients were retiring faculty member Sung Kyu Kim and Danai Gurira ’01.
Karintha Lowe, of Boston, MA, was the senior class speaker and her speech was titled, “The Patterns We Find, The Paths We Form.” Lowe was an English (Literature) major, with minors in Chinese and Media Studies.
Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 2,138 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. Learn more at macalester.edu.


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