BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College's annual Commencement activities will take place May 5-7, Bethany President G.T. "Buck" Smith announced. Activities will be held the same week as the College's spring meeting of the Board of Trustees.

On Thursday, May 5, a senior class dinner will be held for graduating seniors, faculty and trustees. Senior degree candidates will formally present their Senior Class Projects, a requirement for their Bethany College degree, to the College archives. Students begin their Bethany career by signing the matriculation book and this year's Senior Project presentation ceremony will represent a capstone to their Bethany learning experience.

Friday evening, a Baccalaureate service will be held at 8 p.m. in Commencement Hall of Old Main. The Rev. Dr. W. Chris Hobgood, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will deliver remarks to the graduating seniors. His sermon will be "Choosing a Diet." A reception for all graduates, their families and the Bethany College community will be hosted by President Smith in the Corridor of Old Main.

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2005 will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 on the Quadrangle of Old Main. One hundred fifty-five students will receive their Bethany College diplomas. Honorary degrees will be presented to three individuals who have achieved distinction in their fields.

Honorary degree recipients include Donald R. Arnold, Honorary Doctor of Science; Joan Wennstrom Bennett, Honorary Doctor of Science; and William Chris Hobgood, Honorary Doctor of Divinity.

Bennett will deliver the address to the Class of 2005 where she will speak on the topic, "Genes, Gender and Generalities." Bennett is a 1963 graduate of Upsala College where she received Bachelor of Science degrees in both biology and history. She received her Masters and Ph.D. degrees in botany from the University of Chicago.

Widely published with a background in research and teaching, Bennett's fields of interest are bioethics, genomics, biotechnology, fungal genetics and mycotoxins. As President of the American Society for Microbiology, she has been able to influence many key developments and advances in the field of biology.

Returning to earlier traditions, President Smith has invited an outstanding senior to address fellow classmates to conclude the Commencement ceremonies. Dustin Frazier, from Parkersburg, W.Va., who recently was named one of 38 Gates Cambridge Fellows from the United States, has titled his remarks, "The Tightrope."