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Baccalaureate Program Features CCC Alumna Candace Peterson

Commencement Day 2013 kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, with the traditional baccalaureate ceremony in Lees Hall gymnasium. The 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—1999 Cedar Crest graduate Candace Peterson.

Candace Peterson
Candace S. (Cressman) Peterson ‘99

“I am so honored to be speaking to the graduating students,” Peterson said. “I am excited to be part of their special day and look forward to sharing how the knowledge I gained and the friendships I made at Cedar Crest have played an integral part in becoming a successful genetic counselor.”

Candace S. (Cressman) Peterson ‘99, M.S., CGC is a board-certified genetic counselor who has been specializing in cancer genetics since 2004. She is a graduate of Cedar Crest College where she received her B.S. in Genetic Engineering in 1999. While at Cedar Crest, she was class president and a Beta Beta Beta national honor society member. She also played on the tennis team, represented Cedar Crest in China with the show choir and volunteered at Lehigh Valley’s Crime Victims Council. Since then, she has served on the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Board from 2003-2009.

After leaving Cedar Crest, she went on to receive her M.S. in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. in 2001. In 2010 she became the first certified genetic counselor to be employed at the Cancer Center of Paoli Hospital in Paoli, Pa. Peterson began her career in cancer genetics as a William Randolph Hearst Foundation Genetic Counseling Fellow at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and eventually went on to become Senior Genetic Counselor.

Peterson was awarded a grant through the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ Cancer Special Interest Group and studied patients’ perspectives of written communication tools following genetic counseling. Prior to working at Fox Chase, she was the senior genetic counselor at Metropolitan Hospital Center in Manhattan, N.Y. She has spent much of her career educating students, nurses and physicians about hereditary cancer syndromes and has served as adjunct faculty at Arcadia University’s genetic counseling master’s program.