Commencement Speakers

May 2015 Commencement Speakers

Baccalaureate Ceremony

Kim Lemon, WGAL News Anchor

Kim Lemon
WGAL News Anchor

Kim Lemon has been an integral part of the award-winning News 8 team since 1979. She currently anchors News 8 at 5 p.m. and News 8 at 6 p.m.  She will be the spring commencement speaker for Millersville University.

She was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and grew-up watching WGAL.

Kim graduated from Manheim Township High School and attended the Kenya Science Teachers' College in Nairobi. She earned a B.S. in Speech Communications and Theatre from Clarion University. Kim was named a Distinguished Alumni of Manheim Township High School in 2000.

Kim was hired by WGAL in 1979 to replace television pioneer Marijane Landis as the "Sunday Night Weather Girl." Nine months into her career as a reporter, she was asked to audition as the co-host for PM Magazine, a nationally syndicated show. She was hired, and as a young woman, traveled the world as WGAL's first PM Magazine co-host.

In 1985, she moved full-time into the news department as the 6 p.m. news anchor. She has been anchoring News 8 at 6 since 1985.

Kim was been awarded more than a dozen Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Achievement as a Host, and numerous Associated Press Awards.

The readers of Lancaster County Magazine have named her Best Local News Anchor for the past 26 consecutive years.

Kim has served as an adjunct professor at Elizabethtown College in the Department of Communications.

Kim works on year-long fundraising efforts for the Children's Miracle Network and sponsors the Spirit of the Hummingbird Program award for the Hershey Medical Center. She serves on the Board of Directors on the National MS Society and Aaron's Acres. Kim also founded the Susquehanna Valley Lewy Body Dementia Support Group.

Kim has two grown girls. Her husband, John MacIver, was diagnosed with early onset dementia. She is his caregiver and advocate.

Kim is an avid reader, cyclist and caretaker of a French Bulldog named Ramy.

Graduate Ceremony

Leroy Hopkins - German Professor at Millersville University

Dr. Leroy Hopkins
German Professor at Millersville University

Dr. Hopkins will be the speaker for Millersville University’s graduate ceremony on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Born and raised in Lancaster County, Dr. Hopkins received his undergraduate degree in German and Russian from Millersville University and his doctoral degree in Germanic Languages & Literatures from Harvard University. He has been employed as a professor at the University since 1979 and has served as both Assistant Chairperson and Chair of the Foreign Languages Department.

Dr. Hopkins is a self-proclaimed African-American history buff. As a young associate director of the Urban League of Lancaster County, he found himself pondering the question “Does Lancaster County have a black history?” It is a question to which he has devoted a great deal of his time and energy in answering for the last several decades. During this time, his community involvement has included various executive positions with the Historical Society of Lancaster County and serving as co-facilitator of Action Team #9-“To Infuse Multicultural Education in the School Curriculum” for the School District of Lancaster. He has served as a member of numerous organizations such as the Black History Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Department of Education; the Pennsylvania Humanities Council; the Lancaster 250th; the Advisory Board of Multicultural Center of School District of Lancaster; the Board of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; the Board of the Black German Cultural Society; the Board of the Crispus Attucks Community Center; and as a founding member of the African-American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania.

In addition to the many awards and honors that Dr. Hopkins has received throughout his career and the professional organizations in which he has played a role, he has a myriad of publications to his name. To mention only a few include: “Through a Mirror Darkly: The Ideology of Black History in Lancaster County”; “Expanding the Canon: Afro-German Studies”; “The Germantown Protest and Afro-German Relations in Pennsylvania and Maryland before the Civil War”; “Writing Diasporic Identity: Afro-German Literature”; and “In Search of Robert Boston: Race and Resistance in Antebellum Lancaster County”. One of his proudest achievements is the publication of “The Negro Entry Book” which includes documentation on the black community in Lancaster from 1820-1830. It provides more information than can be found on any other group of that period and has been used widely by high school history teachers and college professors.