Edinboro University will celebrate the academic success of nearly 350 students in the Class of 2017 during undergraduate and graduate ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 16, on EU’s main campus.
Edinboro University President H. Fred Walker will confer degrees upon 348 students during his third commencement event since assuming the University’s presidency in July 2016. Walker, who was officially installed as the 18th President of Edinboro University on March 23, will award bachelor’s and associate degrees upon 263 undergraduates during the morning ceremony, and master’s degrees and post-graduate certificates upon 85 graduate students in the afternoon.
Undergraduate Commencement begins at 10 a.m. at McComb Fieldhouse. Beginning at 2 p.m. in Louis C. Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall, Dr. Walker will award master’s degrees at the Graduate Commencement.
Additional students who completed their degree requirements during the summer or who will complete requirements during the upcoming winter session also have the option of participating in the formal ceremonies.
Following the December ceremonies, nearly 1,200 students will have earned EU degrees during 2017.
Laura Bequeath, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies this summer, will provide the student address during the Undergraduate Ceremony. The Buffalo, N.Y. native graduates Summa Cum Laude with a diploma from the Edinboro University Honors Program.
Additional speakers include Savannah F. Anderton, who serves as the student trustee on the Edinboro University Council of Trustees, and Scott Irlbacher, president of the Edinboro University Alumni Association Board of Directors.
At the graduate ceremony, Dennis R. Frampton, chairperson of the Edinboro University Council of Trustees, will provide a greeting on behalf of the COT. Rebecca D. Leonard, of Jeannette, Pa., who is receiving a Master of Arts in College Counseling, will deliver the student address.
Leading the academic procession and representing his faculty colleagues by carrying the Ceremonial Mace at the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be Dr. Ronald Craig of Edinboro University’s Psychology Department. Dr. Elaine Rinfrette, chairperson of the Social Work Department at Edinboro University, will be the Mace Bearer for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.
The distinction of 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.
Kaitlyn E. Hallock, a senior Music Education student, will deliver the national anthem at each ceremony. Music for both ceremonies will be provided by the Edinboro University Pipe and Drums.
Edinboro University will celebrate Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018.