Edinboro University celebrated the academic success of nearly 350 students during Saturday’s Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies.
President Walker told the undergraduates in a 10 a.m. ceremony in the University’s McComb Fieldhouse that the ceremony marks both an ending and a great beginning.
“This celebration marks the culmination of your hard work, commitment and dedication as EU undergraduates and the beginning of new adventures and experiences as you pursue your paths outside of our university community,” said Walker, who was officially installed as the 18th President of Edinboro University on March 23.
President Walker conferred degrees upon 348 students during his third commencement event since assuming the University’s presidency in July 2016. He awarded 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.
Student speaker Laura Bequeath, of Buffalo, N.Y., used her speech to reflect on her Edinboro University experience and to instill confidence on her peers as they prepare for the next leg of their lifelong journeys.
“Here at Edinboro University, we have been trained to think, to explore, to answer questions,” said Bequeath, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies this summer. “Now we must put those skills together to ask our own questions, find the answers, and live our lives to the fullest.”
Bequeath graduated Summa Cum Laude with a diploma from the Edinboro University Honors Program.
At the graduate ceremony, Rebecca D. Leonard, of Jeannette, Pa., who received a Master of Arts in College Counseling, delivered the student address. Dennis R. Frampton, chairperson of the Edinboro University Council of Trustees, provided a greeting on behalf of the COT.
Frampton, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University in 1989, acknowledged parents, spouses and children who supported EU grads on their journey to commencement.
“Thank you for the sacrifices you made to help make this day a reality for your sons, daughters and loved ones,” Frampton said.
Additional speakers included 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.
Dr. Ronald Craig, of Edinboro University’s Psychology Department, led the academic procession and represented his faculty colleagues by carrying the Ceremonial Mace at the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. Dr. Elaine Rinfrette, chairperson of the Social Work Department at Edinboro University, served as Mace Bearer for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.
Kaitlyn E. Hallock, a senior Music Education student, delivered the national anthem at each ceremony. Edinboro University Pipe and Drums provided the music for both ceremonies.
Nearly 1,200 students earned EU degrees during 2017. Edinboro University will celebrate Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018.
Photo caption: Edinboro University President H. Fred Walker conferred degrees upon 348 students during his third commencement event since assuming the University’s presidency in July 2016. He awarded 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.