Message from the Leadership Team
Melissa Draganac-Hawk - MSD's 2020 Commencement Speaker
February 11, 2020
Dear MSD Community,
I wish to share with you that Melissa Draganac-Hawk has graciously accepted our invitation to speak at MSD's 2020 Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 5, 2020.
Ms. Draganac-Hawk is a first-generation American of deaf immigrant Peruvian parents. She obtained her master's degree in Linguistics, bachelor's in Theater Production & performance and a second bachelor's in American Sign Language from Gallaudet University. She is presently an administrator, Director of Services, at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Immensely involved and invested in the Deaf community, she served as the president of the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing, now renamed Council de Manos, and the Executive Director of Deaf Women United.
In the field of theatre, Ms. Draganac-Hawk was the artistic director for the original production of "Rathskeller", an actress in "No Talking Allowed" and "Florida Avenue" and frequently assumes the role of Master of Ceremonies for community events.
Ms. Draganac-Hawk has been involved with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) throughout her life in various capacities including stage manager for the 2000 production of Miss Deaf America before ascending to director of Miss Deaf America productions in 2002 and 2008, and served as the board liaison for the Opening Ceremonies of 2012, 2014, and 2016 Biennial Conferences. She is currently the president of the Board of Directors of NAD.
James E. Tucker