More than 500 graduates to receive degrees from Edinboro on Saturday


Commencement 2021

Edinboro University will celebrate the academic success of more than 500 students in the Class of 2021 during undergraduate and graduate ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 11.

Additionally, several members of the Class of 2020 will return to campus for the in-person ceremony, following the earlier postponement due to COVID-19.

Interim President Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson will recognize 547 students during the first in-person ceremony since 2019. Dr. Michael Hannan, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs will confer associate and bachelor’s degrees on 182 undergraduates during the morning ceremony and master’s degrees upon 86 graduate students in the afternoon.

In addition, 222 graduate-level and 57 undergraduate students will be recognized for completing their degrees in summer 2021.

Undergraduate Commencement begins at 10 a.m. at McComb Fieldhouse on Edinboro’s campus. Beginning at 2 p.m. – also in McComb Fieldhouse, Dr. Hannan will award master’s degrees at the Graduate Commencement.

Following the December ceremonies, more than 1,000 students will have earned Edinboro University degrees during 2021 – with 673 students graduating in May.

Scarlett Seneta, an Albion, Pa., native, will provide the student address during the undergraduate ceremony. Seneta will graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Middle Level Education and be honored as the Outstanding Graduate in her department.

Additional speakers include Amanda Sissem, campus administrator and associate vice president for Advancement and Alumni Engagement; John Wheeler, who serves as the student trustee on the Edinboro University Council of Trustees; and Daniel Higham, representative of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Matthew Zewe, of Edinboro, Pa., who is receiving a Master of Business Administration, will deliver the student address during the graduate ceremony. Zewe will also be honored with the Outstanding Graduate Student award in his program, a recognition he shares will fellow MBA grad Angela Sutlic.

Leading the academic procession and representing his faculty colleagues by carrying the Ceremonial Mace at the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be Dr. Kevin Courtright, associate professor in Edinboro University’s Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies Department. Dr. Elaine Rinfrette, associate professor in the Social Work Department, 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.

Brenden Brzozowski, a junior Computer Science student, will deliver the national anthem at each ceremony. Music for both ceremonies will be provided by the Edinboro University Pipes and Drums, directed by Sean P. Regan.

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Edinboro University will celebrate Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2022.