BALTIMORE, MD – Dr. Theresa B. Felder, president of Harford Community College, will be the keynote speaker for Mercy High School’s 58th commencement ceremony, which will be held at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen located at 5200 North Charles Street in Baltimore on Saturday, June 12, at 10 a.m.
Dr. Felder is the newly appointed 10th president of Harford Community College and the first African American to hold the role. She’s an innovative academic leader whose leadership in higher education has broadened opportunities for thousands of aspiring college students.
“Dr. Felder is a compassionate, committed advocate for student success and it’s an honor to have her address our Class of 2021,” said Mary Beth Lennon, president of Mercy High School. “We’re excited that this is Dr. Felder’s first public engagement in Baltimore and welcome her in her new role. I trust her words will be an inspiration to our graduates as they embark on the future.”
A first-generation college student, Dr. Felder credits much of her own academic achievement to her parents who provided a strong work ethic and deep religious faith. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, earned a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University and received her doctorate in high education leadership from Northeastern University.
Dr. Felder served for 17 years at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, where most recently she was the Senior Vice President for Student Success. In 2019-2020, she completed the Aspen Institute’s prestigious Rising Residential Fellowship before being appointed to her current role in October 2020.
“During these challenging times, it’s so important to come together to celebrate our students and their accomplishments, as well as the families that support, encourage and help these young people along the way,” said Dr. Felder. “These Mercy High School graduates are our future leaders and I know they will succeed.”
Dr. Felder and her husband, Greg, who is a healthcare executive, have two children – a son, Gregory, who works at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and a daughter, Taylor, who will be a senior at Butler University in Indiana this fall.
Nearly 100 young women will graduate from Mercy High School this year. They have earned more than $18 million in academic scholarships to colleges and universities across the country. Nine of the graduates are students who transferred to Mercy after the Institute of Notre Dame (IND) closed. In addition to their Mercy diploma, they will receive a certificate acknowledging their studies at IND, as well as a blue floral spray reflecting IND’s school colors. Several IND faculty members, as well as Christine Szala, head of IND, will be present to congratulate their students. The commencement ceremony will be open to the public and live-streamed here.
About Mercy High School
Mercy High School is a private, Catholic, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds in grades 9-12 from across central Maryland. We provide a rigorous education marked by academic excellence and personal attention. Here, students learn to communicate ideas and express themselves confidently, both individually and in collaboration with others. Mercy creates an environment where young women form habits of lifelong inquiry, critical thinking and courageous action in a global society. Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, our work reflects a commitment to hospitality, service, justice and compassion.