Jamie Ellen Leese of Needmore graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work during the 140th commencement May 22, 2010, at McDaniel College. More than 440 bachelors degrees were awarded during the ceremony.
McDaniel College, a private four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences, was founded in 1867 as Western Maryland College. Students pursue more than 60 programs of study, including dual majors and student-designed majors. The 1,700 undergraduates and 1,500 parttime graduate students receive personal attention and take advantage of leadership opportunities in the closeknit community, where the average class size is 17 and professors are dedicated mentors. The 160-acre campus is located in Westminster, Md., 30 miles northwest of Baltimore and 56 miles north of Washington, D.C.
Academic honors given at graduation include Summa Cum Laude, for a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher, Magna Cum Laude, for a cumulative grade point average of 3.70-3.89, and Cum Laude, for a cumulative grade point average of 3.50- 3.69.