HACKETTSTOWN – Two Elizabeth residents graduated from Centenary College at the 137th May Commencement on May 12.
Amanda Jones earned a Master of Business Administration degree, while Carol Lopera graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Senior Meteorologist for Channel 7 Eyewitness News Bill Evans addressed Centenary’s 508 graduates who participated in the ceremony.
As a senior on-air weather personality, Evans has written and produced numerous documentaries on hurricanes, severe weather and the impact on the environment. In the course of his research, he has flown in “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft during major storms. He was presented with the annual Outstanding Meteorologist Award by the National Weather Service for his research and reporting efforts.
All of the books that he has authored have themes related to the environment. Evans’ debut novel Category 7 was published in 2008 and became a New York Times bestseller. His other works include Frozen Fire, Dry Ice and a weather book for children titled It’s Raining Fish & Spiders. His fourth novel, Blackmail Earth, came out in June.
Evans has won 12 Emmy Awards for his entertaining and informative weather reporting. In addition to his television broadcasting duties, he does the weather for RadioDisney, ESPN Radio, WGCH-AM, WPLJ-FM and appears on ABC radio in major markets throughout the United States, as well as filling in on Good Morning America.
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body. Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master degree granting institution in northwest New Jersey.
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