Warner Dalhouse to speak at Roanoke College Commencement

Salem, Va. - Roanoke College alumnus Warner Dalhouse will be the featured speaker at the College's Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. on the John R. Turbyfill Quadrangle. Dalhouse '56 is a Roanoke native and retired chairman and CEO of First Union National Bank in Roanoke.

Two honorary degrees will be awarded during the ceremony, including one to Dalhouse. In addition, Dr. Marvin Phaup, Jr. '62 will receive an honorary degree. Phaup is the retired head of the Financial Studies/Budget Process group for the Congressional Budget Office.

Dalhouse attended Roanoke and went on to graduate from University of Virginia and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He serves on the board of HomeTown Bank, Luna Innovations, Inc., Taubman Museum of Art, the Roanoke Higher Education Center, and the Roanoke Public Library Foundation.

Dalhouse is a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and is a former member of Roanoke's Board of Trustees. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1992, and he was awarded the Roanoke College Alumni Medal in 1988. He is currently a Roanoke College Associate, a member of the College's Community Advisory Board and a member of the Roanoke Rising Campaign Steering Committee.

Roanoke's baccalaureate ceremony will be held Friday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the C. Homer Bast Center. The Rev. Christopher M. Bowen, dean of the Chapel at Roanoke, will speak at baccalaureate.

For more information on the College's Commencement activities, visit www.roanoke.edu/commencement.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

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