photo of 2023 commencement ceremony

Saturday, May 13, marked Juniata College's 145th Commencement.

145th Commencement Ceremony

photo of 2023 commencement ceremony

Saturday, May 13, marked Juniata College's 145th Commencement.

145th Commencement Ceremony

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Honorary Degree Recipients


photo of 2023 honorary degree recipients
President James A. Troha, left, conveyed honorary doctor of humane letters degrees upon four distinguished members of the Juniata community, from the left, Andrew “Andy” Murray, Anne C. Baker, Larry Bock, and Charles W. “Bud” Wise III, at the 145th Commencement Ceremony.


Andrew “Andy” Murray

Elizabeth Evans Baker Professor of Peace Studies, Emeritus

Andy came to Juniata as campus minister from 1971 to 1986 and was college chaplain from 1986 to 1990. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1976 and, in 1987, was appointed associate professor of peace and conflict studies. Andy founded Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies in 1986 and was named Elizabeth Evans Baker Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies in 1991.


Larry Bock

Women’s and Men’s Volleyball Coach (1977–2011)
Athletic Director (1995–2011)

Larry came to Juniata as head coach of the new women’s volleyball team in 1977. As the winningest volleyball coach in the history of the NCAA, he holds NCAA records for the most wins as a women’s head coach (1,348) and collegiate volleyball coach (1,448). He concurrently served six years as the men’s coach, leading them through their first six seasons, including three EIVA Division III titles.


Anne C. Baker

Trustee Emerita

Anne is the daughter of John C. Baker ’17 and Elizabeth Evans Baker, who established the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. She served on the Baker Institute Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees from 1987 until 2008, when she was named Trustee Emerita. She is a Quinter Lifetime Benefactor, steadfastly contributing towards scholarships, the arts, Peace and Conflict Studies, and many other areas.


Charles W. “Bud” Wise III

Trustee and Former Professor of Business and Economics

Bud served in the economics and business department from 1973 to 1979 as an instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor. He became a Juniata trustee in 2000 before being elected to emeritus status in 2022. Bud co-chaired the presidential search in 2012 and the historic BELIEVE Campaign, Juniata’s largest philanthropic endeavor to date. He is a Brumbaugh Lifetime Benefactor and Heritage Circle member.



Class of 2023

  • 308 Total Students
    • 203 Bachelor of Science Degrees
    • 87 Bachelor of Arts Degrees
    • 18 Master's Degrees

Current Student Representation

  • Number of U.S. States Represented by Current Students:
    • 26 Countries
    • 36 States
    • + Puerto Rico & District of Columbia
  • Percent of current students who identified as a first-generation college student on their application: 26.7%
  • Percent of students receiving some type of scholarship or financial aid or combination of both: 100%

Career Development

  • 1,680 Student Contacts, a 29% increase over the previous year.
  • Career Day:
    • 110 Registered Employers
    • 403 Student Attendees
    • 46 Alumni Representatives
  • 162 alumni provided direct support to students/57% of programs incorporated alumni