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Edinboro University will graduate 925 students during Saturday's Commencement Ceremonies


EDINBORO, Pa. – Once again reflecting upon decades of rich academic customs and traditions, Edinboro University Interim President James D. Moran will confer degrees upon 925 graduating students during the University’s 2012 Spring Commencement Ceremonies Saturday morning and afternoon.

Beginning at 10 a.m. in the historic Louis C. Cole Auditorium-Memorial Hall, Dr. Moran will confer upon students 284master’s degrees. It marks the first time Edinboro has held separate Spring Master’s and Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies.

Starting at 2 p.m. at McComb Fieldhouse, following the ceremonial procession of faculty and graduating students, Moran will confer upon students 604 bachelor’s degrees and another 37 associate’s degrees.

The day officially starts at 10 a.m. when Edinboro’s chief academic officer, Dr. Philip Ginnetti, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, convenes the graduate commencement convocation at Cole Auditorium. Following a welcome from John E. Horan, chair of the Edinboro University Council of Trustees, and the student address by Rosa Gerber, who will receive a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Language Pathology, Dr. Ginnetti and Terry L. Smith, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Nomsa E. Geleta, Dean of Education, and Alan J. Biel, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, will present to Dr. Moran their candidates for degrees. 

At 2 p.m., Ginnetti will again preside over the undergraduate ceremony, which also includes a welcome from Council of Trustees Chairman Horan.

Former Congresswoman Kathleen A. Dahlkemper, an Edinboro alumna, will deliver the commencement address and receive the honorary degree, Doctor of Public Service (Doctor Beneficiorum Publicorum, Honoris Causa).  The student speaker for the undergraduate ceremony is Ryan Delong, who is receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education and graduating Magna Cum Laude.

As with the morning ceremony, Provost Ginnetti and Deans Smith and Geleta, along with Michael J. Hannan, Dean of Business, will present to President Moran the candidates for degrees.

As the ceremony concludes, Joseph Mineo, President of the Edinboro University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, will welcome the University’s newest alumni to the growing alumni network of some 60,000 graduates.

During the Commencement ceremonies, a total of 78 academic majors will be represented by the Spring 2012 graduating class. The largest number of students will be graduating with degrees in education, art, business administration, nursing, psychology, social work and criminal justice.

Between the Master’s and Undergraduate Commencements, President Moran will greet graduating students and their families at a Commencement Brunch at Van Houten Dining Hall.

Graduation Day Factoids:

  • Of the 925 graduates, 604 will receive bachelor’s degrees; 284 will receive master’s degrees; and 37 will receive associate’s degrees.
  • Latin honors will be awarded to 192 students. Forty-nine will receive Summa Cum Laude honors (3.8 to 4.0 grade point average); 61 will receive Magna Cum Laude honors (3.6 to 3.79 grade point average); and 82 will graduate Cum Laude (3.4 to 3.59 grade point average).
  • Three-hundred seventy graduating students reside in Erie County, while 112 are from Crawford County.
  • Six-hundred twenty six-six graduates are female; 299 are male.
  • The oldest is 62; the youngest 19.
  • An alternative viewing location for overflow attendees or those uncomfortable with McComb’s bleacher-style seating will be established in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.
  • Live video of both ceremonies will be streamed via Edinboro’s web site and can be viewed online by logging onto, starting at 11 a.m.; the ceremonies also will be telecast live by the University’s student-run television station, ETV.
  • Unique, automated, bar-coded video self-introductions on the large McComb Fieldhouse screens again will be featured as graduating students cross the stage to receive their diplomas. The self-introductions, which have been used by Edinboro for several years, employ cutting edge technology developed by the firm, Marching Order.

Spring Commencement participants

Leading the academic procession and representing his faculty colleagues by carrying the Ceremonial Mace for the Master’s Commencement will be Dr. Ronald Spiller of Edinboro University’s History, Anthropology, and World Languages Department. Dr. Albert O. “Tim” Cordell, of Edinboro’s Music Department, will be the Mace Bearer for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.

The distinction of being mace bearer emphasizes the importance of faculty in Edinboro’s academic environment, where learning is preeminent, and is symbolic of the central role which faculty play in the academic and personal development of Edinboro students.

During the McComb Fieldhouse procession, nearly a dozen international students will proudly march carrying the flags of their nations.

Going green again!

Edinboro’s dedication to protecting the environment and its commitment to sustainability in all things again will be reflected in a major way during the Commencement Ceremonies. Graduates will be decked out in the traditional black gowns and “mortarboard” caps, but the Commencement apparel has “gone green.”

Since the Commencement of December 2009, degree recipients will be wearing GreenWeaver graduation caps and gowns made of 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. During the December 2009 Commencement, Edinboro became the first of PASSHE’s 14 universities to have its graduating class wear the “green” caps and gowns.

Each GreenWeaver gown produced by Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a Virginia manufacturer of academic apparel, keeps an average of 23 plastic bottles from winding up in landfills. With hundreds of graduating students participating in Saturday’s Commencement exercises, that equates to thousands of bottles being kept from landfills.

Music for Saturday’s Master’s Commencement will be provided by Edinboro’s Brass Ensemble. The University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will provide music for the Undergraduate Commencement. The student leader for the National Anthem and Alma Mater will be Tara Hart.

Grads, families, nurses, ROTC to be honored during special events

Graduating students and their families will also be honored by University officials Friday evening during an Academic Honors Convocation at Cole Auditorium. The convocation, starting at 7 p.m., recognizes all honors graduates.  

In addition, also on Friday, 36 students graduating with nursing degrees will be recognized during a traditional pinning ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Off-Campus Activities Center on Darrow Road.

The pinning ceremony marks the completion of the first part of the journey to becoming a nurse, according to Nursing Department Chair Patricia Nosel. Although the graduates’ formal education is completed, continued learning in nursing is a life-long pursuit. Thus, the pinning ceremony can be looked upon as the bridge that carries the individual from the role of student to the reality of becoming a professional. Decades ago, nurses wore white uniforms with caps that identified them as graduates of particular schools. As caps and whites gave way to colorful scrubs, the school pin remains a symbol of the connection with their school, their peers, and their faculty. In the past, many Edinboro nursing students chose to dedicate their pins to family members who helped them along their journey, to a close friend, or to the spiritual force that supported them.

Saturday’s nursing graduates are among the first to experience the new Jeremy D. Brown Human Services Building, designed to meet the specialized needs of the Nursing Department.

Another meaningful Friday event associated with Commencement will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center’s Scot Cinema when the Cadre and Cadets of the Fighting Scots U.S. Army ROTC Battalion holds its Spring Commissioning Ceremony. Four graduating seniors will take their oaths as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army prior to deploying to active duty.

Those who will swear to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution will be Anthony M. Dennis of Edinboro, a Criminal Justice major; Kyle A. Mummert of Meadville, also a Criminal Justice major; Elizabeth A. Patarcity of Coraopolis, Pa., a German major; and Mitchell E. Shablesky, Jr., of Beaver Falls, Pa., a Social Studies/Secondary Education major. All four have achieved “Distinguished Military Graduate” status.

The Commissioning event’s keynote speaker will be the highly-decorated U.S. Army Brigadier General (Retired) Mark Bellini, previously the Army’s 49th Quartermaster General and a 1979 graduate of Edinboro University.