Friday, August 17, 2007

Fall Convocation Welcomes 326 Freshmen, Honors Senator Miller, Philanthropist Griswold, August 23

Chestertown, MD, August 16, 2007 — On Thursday, August 23, 2007, Washington College will welcome 326 new freshmen and their parents during the college's annual Freshman Convocation. The Convocation also will honor Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., President of the Senate of Maryland; and Jack S. "Jay" Griswold, former Chairman of the college's Board of Visitors and Governors. Miller will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the college, and Griswold will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service. Ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Cain Athletic Center.

Representing the citizens of Prince George's and Calvert counties for more than 35 years in the Maryland General Assembly, Senator Mike Miller is concerned with issues relating to education, health, transportation, the environment and the economy and how they affect Marylanders. He has been active in Democratic Party politics since his early teens and has served in positions of influence in both the Maryland Democratic Party and National Democratic Committee.

Miller has held his current position as President of the Senate of Maryland—Maryland's second highest office—for 20 years, making him the longest serving Senate President in the entire country. He is the recipient of the William P. Coliton Community Service Award from the Johns Hopkins University, the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Maryand, the Tyser Medallion from the University of Maryland Alumni Association, and the John R. Hargraves Distinguished Legislative Fellow Award from Salisbury University. A native of Prince George's County, Miller received both his bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Maryland. An avid reader, he is especially interested in Maryland and Civil War history.

Jay Griswold is Director and Senior Advisor of Brown Advisory and Trust Company, and a seasoned philanthropist. The Baltimore executive and Washington College parent has been on the College's Board of Visitors and Governors since 1993 and served as Board Chair for the last six years. In 1997 he agreed to chair the College's $72 million capital campaign, pledging a leadership gift and one day a week of his time—a commitment he far exceeded. The Campaign for Washington's College concluded with $103.4 million raised.

In recognition of his work leading the largest capital campaign in the College's history, the Maryland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals named Griswold the 2005 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser in Maryland. A graduate of Gilman School, Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania, Griswold has also been active with the Maryland Historical Society, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Living Classrooms Foundation.

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