Rukeyser is MC's Commencement Speaker

Mother of graduate will deliver the baccalaureate address

May 10, 2002

Print and broadcast journalist William S. Rukeyser is scheduled to give the commencement address during Maryville College's 183rd commencement exercises set for 6 p.m. May 19 on the campus grounds.

Rukeyser, who is the current editorial director of Corporate Board Member magazine and former contributing editor of CNN Financial News, managing editor of Fortune magazine and founding managing editor of Money magazine, serves on the College's National Advisory Council. During commencement exercises, he will be awarded the College's honorary degree, doctor of letters.

"Expectations" is the title of Rukeyser's address to the approximately 150 graduates of the Class of 2002.

Rukeyser received an A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1961 and did graduate work in English literature at Christ's College, Cambridge University. His career has included work with the Wall Street Journal, Whittle Communications, Whittle Books, ABC television, CBS radio and Time, Inc.

Rukeyser and his wife Elisabeth live in Knoxville, where he is active in the community. He is vice chairman of University Health Systems, Inc., which operates the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He also serves on the boards of the Knoxville Museum of Art and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra.

The public is invited to attend outdoor commencement exercises. However, in the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to Cooper Athletic Center, where seating is reserved for family members and friends of graduating students.

Baccalaureate held at 2 p.m.

The Rev. Carol Scott of Anderson, Ind., a United Methodist minister and the mother of graduating senior Sherol Scott, will be the baccalaureate speaker for Maryville College's graduation weekend. The title of her address for the graduating seniors is "Leave Room for Surprise."

Baccalaureate services begin at 2 p.m. May 19 in the College's Wilson Chapel and are open to the public.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.