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439 to graduate from Edinboro University; commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 14


Edinboro University President Julie E. Wollman will confer degrees upon  439 students during separate undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 14.

At Undergraduate Commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. at McComb Fieldhouse, President Wollman will confer 316 bachelor’s degrees and 22 associate degrees. Beginning at 2 p.m. in Louis C. Cole Auditorium - Memorial Hall, Dr. Wollman will confer 101 master’s degrees at the Graduate Commencement.

The undergraduate ceremony also will honor EU alumna U.S. Army Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mari K. Eder. Maj. Gen. Eder, who earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University, will be awarded an honorary doctorate. She also will deliver the commencement address.

Other speakers at the event will include Council of Trustees Chairman John E. Horan, who will provide a greeting; Edinboro University Alumni Association Board of Directors President Mary Timashenka, who will welcome the graduates to the ranks of EU alumni; and student speaker Rebecca N. Traficante, of  North Huntingdon, Pa., who is graduating  Summa Cum Laude, with highest honors, with a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Sixty-four academic majors will be represented by the December 2013 graduating class. The largest number of students will be graduating with degrees in business administration, education, art, nursing and criminal justice.

At the graduate ceremony, Council of Trustees member Ronald Steele will provide a greeting on behalf of the COT, and Danielle Woods, a teacher at J.S. Wilson Middle School in the Millcreek Township School District who is receiving a Master of Education, will deliver  the student address.

Graduation Day Facts:

 - Of the 439 graduates, 316 will receive bachelor’s degrees; 101 will receive master’s degrees; and 22 will receive associate degrees.

- Latin honors will be awarded to 81 students: 25 will graduate Summa Cum Laude (3.8 to 4.0 grade point average); 17 will graduate Magna Cum Laude (3.6 to 3.79 grade point average); and 39 will graduate Cum Laude (3.4 to 3.59 grade point average).

- 172 graduating students reside in Erie County; 47 are from Crawford County.

- 271 graduates are female; 168 are male.

- The oldest is 62; the youngest, 20.

- Live video of both ceremonies will be streamed at; the ceremonies also will be telecast live by the University’s student-run television station, ETV.


December Commencement participants

Leading the academic procession and representing his faculty colleagues by carrying the Ceremonial Mace for the Undergraduate Commencement will be Dr. Theodore E. Yeshion of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. Professor Lee Rexrode of the Art Department will be the Mace Bearer for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

The distinction of being mace bearer emphasizes the importance of faculty in Edinboro’s academic environment and the central role that faculty play in the academic and personal development of Edinboro students.

Music for both ceremonies will be provided by the Edinboro University Pipe and Drums.