Artwork by students in the

Chester Upland School District

was part of a Habitat for Humanity, Delaware County, silent auction at Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack last weekend.

Fifth grader Asiah Franks was the district's grand-prize winner in Habitat's "There's No Place Like Home" art contest. Sixth graders Arisa Gibbs and Cody Rebstock received honorable mention, as did fourth grader Clairashaa Flood.

Jeremy Marcus, a seventh grader at Strath Haven Middle School, will have his poem, "Who's Watching Who?" published in the anthology Celebrate! Young Poets Speak Out. The poem, about Marcus' class trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, was chosen from thousands of submissions to the Utah publisher Creative Communications.

A comedian, a married couple, and a founder of a college in Saudi Arabia will be among the commencement speakers at Delaware County colleges this May and June.

Bill Cosby will speak at Cheyney University at 10 a.m. May 12 on the campus' Historic Quad, at 1837 University Circle in Cheyney.

Mel Lindauer, a 1981 graduate of Delaware County Community College, who has been a financial adviser, author, and business entrepreneur, will be the featured speaker at the college's commencement at 7 p.m. on May 17 at the Villanova Pavilion, at 800 Lancaster Ave. in Villanova. The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing, which he cowrote, was selected as one of the top 10 financial books of 2006 by the editors of Amazon.com.

Elizabeth "Jo" Buckmaster, an English professor and the lone original faculty member from the opening of Penn State Delaware County in 1967 still teaching on campus, will deliver the commencement address at Penn State Delaware County at 10 a.m. May 19 in the campus gymnasium at 25 Yearsley Mill Rd., Middletown.

At Widener University, Andrew J. Young, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the commencement address at 9:45 a.m. May 19 on the main campus, at One University Place in Chester.

In addition to serving as ambassador to the United Nations, Young served three terms in Congress and two terms as mayor of Atlanta. Today, Young serves as co-founding principal and chairman of GoodWorks International, a global advisory firm offering international market access and political risk analysis in key emerging markets within Africa and the Caribbean.

Neumann College will feature the husband-wife speaker team of J. Mark Baiada, founder of Bayada Nurses, and Ann Baiada, founder of BayadAbility, the nursing company's rehabilitation program.

Neumann's commencement will be held at 12:30 p.m. on May 19 at Bachmann Lawn, on the main campus at One Neumann Drive in Aston.

Swarthmore College's commencement will feature three speakers.

Marcia A. Grant, a 1960 Swarthmore graduate, was asked in 1999 to design and start what she would later call an "Islamic liberal arts college" for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Effat College now has 36 teachers and 200 students.

Robert Parris Moses is founder and president of the Algebra Project, which helps low-income students and students of color achieve mathematical skills.

J. Robert Prichard has been president and CEO of Torstar Corp., a Canadian media company with two principal businesses: newspapers, led by Canada's largest daily, the Toronto Star; and book publishing, led by Harlequin Enterprises.

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. June 3 at the Scott Amphitheater, at 500 College Ave. in Swarthmore.

- Ed Mahon