WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Jerome Schwartz, a theatre and English major from Bellingham, Wash., and Patrick Meath, a theatre major from the St. Paul, Minn., area, have been elected by classmates to serve as Senior Class Speakers during 2003 Commencement ceremonies at Whitman College.

Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, on the lawn in front of the Whitman Memorial Building. Arthur J. Schlesinger, Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning author-historian and former aide to President Kennedy, will give the commencement address. About 350 graduates will receive diplomas.

Schwartz, a graduate of Bellingham's Sehome High School, is the son of Colleen and Harvey Schwartz, Bellingham.

Meath, a graduate of Mounds View High School (Arden Hills, Minn.), is the son of Debra and Robert Meath, Vadnais Heights, Minn.

Meath, who minored in both chemistry and biology, plans to attend medical school after taking time for travel, volunteer work, theatre experience, and a possible medical internship. While maintaining his pre-med studies at Whitman, Meath took part in Theatre Sports, Whitman's improvisational comedy group. He worked in various Harper Joy Theatre productions, appearing on stage this year in "The Cripple of Inishmaan" and "Holiday."

Meath also participated in varsity cross country and track & field. He served as a residence hall advisor during his junior year.

Schwartz, who plans a career in writing for stage and screen, is a three-time winner of Whitman's One-Act Play Contest and a recipient of the Brandon Bruce Lee drama award.

Schwartz also participated in Theatre Sports and appeared in Harper Joy Theatre productions. In addition, he cultivated an interest in film, co-directing a feature film at Whitman, interning in New York as assistant director of an independent film, and chairing the Whitman student film program for one year.

Among other activities, Schwartz worked in the Whitman multimedia lab as a consultant and ran varsity cross country.