Commencement 2014 Keynote Speaker
Veteran Publisher Charles Meredith III to Address Class of 2014
Bucks County Community College will celebrate its 48th annual commencement Thursday, May 22, by welcoming Charles Meredith III, a veteran of newspaper publishing and a former Bucks County Commissioner, as commencement speaker. The ceremony gets underway at 6 p.m. in the Gymnasium on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1957, Meredith followed his father and grandfather into the newspaper craft as publisher of the Quakertown Free Press until 1996. As a journalist, his articles have appeared in the Free Press, the Bucks County Herald, the Allentown Morning Call and the East Penn Press. He served as the President of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and was a director in the American Newspaper Association.
Meredith also served as a Bucks County Commissioner, director of Quakertown National Bank, chairman of East Penn AAA, chairman of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, past master of Quakertown’s Masonic fraternity, and president of the Quakertown Rotary. He served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as captain of the Philadelphia City Troop. He has been married for more than 50 years to Betsy Meredith, with whom he has three children. Active at age 79, including rowing on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Meredith still lives in his childhood home in Quakertown.
The college will recognize Meredith’s achievements by granting him an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree, to be presented by college president Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt and Board of Trustees chair Blake Eisenhart.
The class of 2014 – which numbers more than 1,000 – will also hear from one of its own. Julia Peoples of Doylestown was chosen to address her classmates in recognition of her outstanding achievements.
The liberal arts major, who aspires to earn a Ph.D., was active in the college’s PiXi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year institutions. Peoples held several offices in the organization before taking over as president, and was chosen to represent the college as a member of PTK’s All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. Peoples was involved in several service projects, including a canned goods collection for a food pantry, and the Tyler State Park clean-up project. She also speaks six languages.