Weekend of special events at MC

Nearly 300 students will take a final walk through the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College on May 11 as they graduate in the school’s 177th commencement ceremony.

The class of 2014 will finish off their years at Marietta College after a weekend of special events for seniors ends with graduation Sunday at 1 p.m..

Marcia Meyer, the co-founder of the Be Kind to People Project, a national organization with the mission of assisting and recognizing teachers in schools in underprivileged areas, will deliver the commencement address in front of a class of future petroleum engineers, teachers, athletic trainers and more.

“Marietta College students have an entrepreneurial spirit and at the same time are driven to give back to their communities,” said President Joseph Bruno in a press release.

Meyer co-founded the nonprofit with her sister Marlene Waltz to create programs, equipment and lessons for teachers and students to educate kids on the importance of being kind to others.

“The lack of civility in America right now is at a shocking level,” Meyer said in the release. “It is our hope if we reach a million kids this year these will be the people that will make a difference in our country and the cultures of our communities.”

Saturday, prior to the commencement ceremony Sunday afternoon, graduates will attend the Strawberries and Creme Luncheon at the recreation center and partake in a family reception at the home of President Bruno.

Also on Saturday following the luncheon, an interdenominational Baccalaureate service will be held in the McDonough Auditorium, and is open to bachelor and master’s degree candidates.

“Overall there are no big changes this year,” said Tom Perry, executive director for strategic communications and marketing. “We’ll still offer additional handicapped parking and campus police will be onsite to pick people up if they cannot find extra parking.”

The section of Butler Street that runs through campus will be closed to local traffic the day of commencement.

Perry said about 30 to 40 percent of the college’s graduates come from Washington County and the surrounding area.

Marietta residents can expect a high volume of activity buzzing around campus for the next week.

“Students are already moving out and will continue to throughout the week, and seniors will be all packing up and leaving straight after commencement,” Perry said. “By Monday, our campus is cleared except for those staying for the summer.”