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UMES Winter Commencement, Some 250 To Graduate

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2006

    UMES Winter Commencement, Some 250 To Graduate

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - As they prepare to begin their professional lives, some 250 graduates receiving their degrees from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on December 15 will hear words of wisdom from an accomplished woman who understands and invests in their futures.

    As vice president of the ETS Social Investment Fund, commencement speaker Eleanor V. Horne is dedicated to a number of projects, including those that help with the step from college to career.  Created by the venerable ETS at the beginning of this year, the ETS Social Investment Fund supports projects that improve the teaching and learning of English as a second language, help close achievement gaps in education and help individuals make effective transitions from one educational level to another and from school to work. In recognition of her commitment to education and service, UMES will present Horne with an honorary degree.

    Horne has contributed to the success of ETS. She is most proud of the 23-year collaboration between ETS and the nation's four-year Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Through this union, ETS has provided technical assistance, development experiences for faculty and administrators and research.

    Horne is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Donald H. McGannon Award from the National Urban League and the Princeton YWCA's Tribute to Women in Industry Achievement Award. In 2005, the March of Dimes of New Jersey honored her for her advocacy and volunteerism and the Lawrence Township Growth and Redevelopment Committee presented her with the Mayor's Award for service to the Township.

    Horne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Howard University and completed course work for a doctoral degree in educational anthropology at Rutgers University.

    Joining Horne in receiving an honorary doctorate will be Harold Baines, first base coach for the Chicago White Sox; Eric Forrest Conn, vice president of National Automobile Advertising for the American Honda Motor Company; Roger Hathaway, head education program officer for the Office of Strategic Communications and Education at NASA's Langley Research Center; and C. Frederick Lankford, president and CEO of Lankford-Sysco Food Services, Inc. Receiving the Presidential Medal Award will be Harry M. Lightfoot, retired foreign service officer from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    Commencement ceremonies will begin with a 9:30 a.m. procession in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. For more information, go to


    Maureen McNeill, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580,

    Contact:  Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations,410-621-2355,