Edinboro University Commencement celebrates success of 439 students12/14/2013
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mari K. Eder, an alumna who has served her country and her communications profession with distinction, delivered Edinboro University’s Undergraduate Commencement address on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Maj. Gen. Eder’s uplifting and engagingly humorous remarks included a story from her own years at Edinboro, when she learned as a junior that her high school guidance counselor had submitted a letter pointedly recommending that she not be admitted.
Were it not for an Edinboro University admissions counselor taking a chance on her at age 17, she said, she came close to not having the illustrious future she pursued with the benefit of her two Edinboro degrees. Despite the high school counselor’s claim that she lacked the intelligence to complete college, she went on to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University, and to hold a series of top-level assignments in a distinguished 35-year career in the U.S. Army.
“To me, Edinboro stands for opportunity, for giving someone a hand up, for believing in potential and for nurturing it to grow,” Maj. Gen. Eder said, later adding, “I believe in this school, for what it stands for, how it educates, supports, mentors, motivates and celebrates its students.”
Alumna Eder’s success was celebrated with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree presented at Edinboro’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday morning in McComb Fieldhouse. About 2,000 students, guests, faculty members and other University officials attended the event.
Undergraduate Commencement and a separate ceremony for graduate students at 2 p.m. in Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall celebrated the academic achievement of more than 400 Edinboro University students. Dr. Julie E. Wollman, 17th President of Edinboro University, conferred 22 associate, 316 bachelor’s and 101 master’s degrees in the two ceremonies.
In addition to Maj. Gen. Eder’s speech and welcoming remarks by President Wollman, the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony featured a welcome on behalf of the Edinboro University Council of Trustees by John Horan, chairman.
Rebecca Traficante, of North Huntingdon, Pa., who graduated Summa Cum Laude, with highest honors, with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Education and Special Education, was the student speaker.
The student address at the Graduate Student Commencement was by Danielle Woods, of Erie, a second-year teacher at J.S. Wilson Middle School in Millcreek Township. She earned a Master of Education, Middle and Secondary Instruction degree.
Facts about December 2013 Edinboro University graduates:
Associate degrees – 22
Bachelor’s degrees – 316
Master’s degrees – 101
Female undergraduates – 271
Male undergraduates – 168
Summa Cum Laude (3.8 to 4.0 grade point average) – 25
Magna Cum Laude (3.6 to 3.79) – 17
Cum Laude (3.4 to 3.59) – 39
Today’s graduates represent 64 majors. The majors with the most graduates are business administration, education, art, nursing and criminal justice.
47 of today’s graduates are from Crawford County, and 172 are from Erie County.
The youngest graduate is 20. The oldest is 62.