Commencement 2010. photo: Keith Nordstrom

On May 22 Wheaton will celebrate its 175th Commencement. As part of the celebration, honorary degrees and Alumnae/i Achievement Awards will be presented to acknowledge the accomplishments of individuals who have had a major impact on Wheaton and their communities, as well as on the nation.

The honorary degree recipients are: Edward William Brooke III, the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Ann Curry, NBC “Today” show anchor and host of “Dateline NBC,” who is also the Commencement speaker; Diana Davis Spencer ’60, a longtime Wheaton trustee and currently trustee emerita; and prominent allergist Dr. Gillian Shepherd Mestre ’70.

The Alumnae/i Achievement Award recipients are: Susan Cobean Cutillo ’74, vice president of the Friends of the Guilford Public Library; Josephine McFadden ’61, a full-time volunteer membership secretary and church administrator for the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church; Andrea Pelkey ’02, an Emmy Award–winning associate producer at ESPN; Elizabeth Jenkins Weber ’60, president of the National Executive Service Corps; and Karyn Wheeler O’Neil ’86, senior vice president and director of commercial banking at Citizens Bank of New Hampshire. (Some of the alumnae/i awards will be presented at Homecoming Weekend. Brooke will not be attending Commencement. His degree will be presented to him at a later date.)