Cedar Crest College's Baccalaureate Ceremony to Feature Psychologist and Cedar Crest Graduate Gina (Lewis) Sylvester ‘07 as Speaker

Commencement 2014 kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, with the traditional baccalaureate ceremony in Lees Hall gymnasium. Baccalaureate is a ceremony where graduates, family, friends, and the Cedar Crest community come together to reflect in preparation for Commencement and the next steps following graduation. The Baccalaureate ceremony will feature guest alumnae speaker Gina (Lewis) Sylvester ‘07. The Commencement ceremony will follow at 11 a.m. on the Cedar Crest quad.

Gina (Lewis) SylvesterGina (Lewis) Sylvester graduated from Cedar Crest College in 2007 with a B.A. in Psychology (Forensic Psychology) and a minor in Religious Studies. After graduation, Ms. Sylvester completed her Masters in Clinical-Counseling Psychology at LaSalle University in 2010. She then began working as a Family Based Therapist at Central Montgomery MH/MR Center where she helped children with severe emotional, mental, and developmental disorders and their families. Currently, Ms. Sylvester works as a Child Therapist at Bethanna, where she continues to provide therapy to children that are part of the foster care and adoption system.

“I was thrilled when I was asked to speak to the class of 2014 and very much look forward to being on campus and experiencing that sense of ‘coming home’ I get each time I return,” she said. “Seeing the campus and being around so many of the faculty and staff that have shaped me into the person I am today is a surreal experience. I'm so grateful that Cedar Crest was and continues to be a part of my life.”

Ms. Sylvester continues to be very actively involved with her church, playing in the bell choir, attending Sunday worship, assisting with Children's ministries and volunteering as a Youth Group leader. She and her husband Albert were married in December 2011 and welcomed their first child, daughter Amelia, on March 21, 2014.