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Tuesday, December 5, 2000

"Larson Delivers Student Commencement Address"

SALISBURY, MD---Kristen E. Larson, an English major from Salisbury, will deliver the Senior Commencement Address at Salisbury State University's graduation exercises on Sunday, December 17, at 3 p.m. at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

Larson, whose speech was chosen from a competition among graduating seniors, will talk about “Cherishing the College Years.”  Larson characterizes the transition from high school to SSU as one of “freedom, independence and responsibility. College allowed us to examine various beliefs and moral values.  It permitted us to comprehend the value of true friendships. It stretched our minds beyond limits and taught us how to participate in deeper discussions.”

Larson added, “Salisbury State University has been a place where we explored and refined our own selves in a constructive atmosphere.”

Larson has been active in numerous campus organizations since enrolling at SSU in 1996, including Progressively Reaching Out Toward Understanding Disabilities (PROUD), the Residence Hall Association, Leadership Workshops Series, Chess Club, Student Impact, WSUR (the student run radio station) and Education Club.  She was inducted into the Delta Psi chapter of Lambda Iota Tau, the English honors society, last spring.

She has also been active in the Salisbury community, as a regional adult representative with the Easter Seals Society and as a Sunday school teacher with the SonLife Community Church.  She has worked as a day camp counselor with the Mid-Delmarva YMCA and as a disc jockey with WOLC JOY 102.5.

At SSU’s commencement 445 students will receive bachelor’s degrees and 81 will receive master’s degrees. The keynote speech will be delivered by U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden of Delaware.

The SSU commencement requires a ticket for admission.  Tickets are not available at the door. 

For more information, please call the Salisbury State Public Relations Office at 410-543-6030. 


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