CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Wilson College alumna Gretchen Van Ness, a noted Boston attorney who has argued precedent-setting cases at the state and federal levels, will address the graduating class at Wilson College's 139th commencement ceremony, to be held Sunday, May 17.
Van Ness, who graduated in 1980, played a key role in the successful effort to reverse a decision to close Wilson College 30 years ago. In 1979, as president of Wilson College Government Association, she led students in the "Save Wilson" effort and was the plaintiff representing the junior class in a lawsuit that reversed the Wilson Board of Trustees' decision to close the college at that time.
As a result, Wilson emerged as a stronger institution that today offers undergraduate and master's degree programs to traditional-age women, as well as adult men and women, through its adult degree program.
Approximately 95 students will receive bachelor's and associate degrees during Wilson's commencement ceremony, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the college's main green. (In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at Laird Hall.) In addition, the first nine graduates of Wilson's Master of Education program will receive their degrees and another 57 certificates will be granted to college graduates who are completing the teacher intern program at Wilson.