Edinboro University will celebrate the academic success of more than 300 students in the Class of 2018 during undergraduate and graduate ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15.
Interim President Michael J. Hannan will confer degrees upon 309 students during his second commencement event since assuming the interim presidency in April 2016. Hannan will award associate and bachelor’s degrees upon 219 undergraduates during the morning ceremony and master’s degrees and post-graduate certificates upon 89 graduate students in the afternoon.
Undergraduate Commencement begins at 10 a.m. at McComb Fieldhouse on Edinboro’s main campus. Beginning at 2 p.m. in Louis C. Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall, Dr. Hannan will award master’s degrees at the Graduate Commencement.
Additional students who completed their degree requirements during the summer will also have the option of participating in the formal ceremonies.
Following the December ceremonies, more than 1,100 students will have earned Edinboro University degrees during 2018.
Rachel Shirey, a Portersville, Pa., native, will provide the student address during the undergraduate ceremony. Shirey will graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Edinboro University.
Additional speakers include Kyle A. Hurysz, 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, Rosmari Graham, of Waterford, Pa., who is receiving a Master of Arts in Communication Studies, will deliver the student address. Anthony J. Pirrello will provide a greeting on behalf of the Council of Trustees.
Leading the academic procession and representing her faculty colleagues by carrying the Ceremonial Mace at the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be Dr. Lenore Barbian of Edinboro University’s Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies. Dr. Penelope Orr, director of the art therapy track in Edinboro University’s Master of Arts – Counseling program, 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.
Cierra Kirkland, a senior Individualized Studies student, will deliver the national anthem at each ceremony. Music for both ceremonies will be provided by the Edinboro University Pipes and Drums.
Edinboro University will celebrate Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 4, 2019.