Edinboro University celebrated the academic success of 682 students in the Class of 2019 during undergraduate and graduate ceremonies today on Edinboro’s main campus.
Edinboro conferred bachelor and associate degrees upon 554 undergraduates during the morning ceremony, and master’s degrees and post-graduate certificates upon 128 graduate students in the afternoon.
Dr. Michael J. Hannan presided over his third undergraduate ceremony as the Interim President of Edinboro University in McComb Fieldhouse and the graduate ceremony in Louis C. Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall.
“As each of you pursues a career or advanced degree, you will continue to build on the solid foundation of your Edinboro education, and we will continue to be here for you as you go out into the world to represent Edinboro and your fellow Fighting Scots,” Hannan said. “I applaud your academic success and hard work that has resulted in this celebration and wish you the best in your professional and personal lives.”
Anna C. George, who graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Special Education, delivered the undergraduate student address on behalf of the Class of 2019. George, who participated in global education with experiential learning in the Dominican Republic and Ireland, discussed her participation in the study-abroad Ireland program, where she descended a steep mountain in sneakers after her hiking boots caused excruciating pain.
“I hope that you remember that each of us has unique skills and traits that we were born with, and Edinboro helped us to develop over the past few years,” said George, a native of Greensburg, Pa. “Don’t ever doubt that your tennis shoes are good enough. Edinboro has prepared us for any terrain. So now – with our tennis shoes on – we’re ready for what comes ahead. Let’s take on the next mountain.”
LaToya Ruby Frazier, associate professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and fellowship recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s MacArthur Fellows Program, delivered the keynote address and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Frazier was selected to receive the honorary degree on the basis of her achievements and expertise in photography, video and performance and her dedication to students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She joins previous Edinboro honorary doctorate recipients, who include Pennsylvania governors Raymond P. Shafer (1992), Edward G. Rendell (2006) and Tom Ridge (2014); Erie mayors Louis J. Tullio (1983) and Joyce A. Savocchio (2001); and television/film personalities Fred Rogers (1998) and Sharon Stone (2007).
Rebecca May Keller, a native of Saxton, Pa., who earned a Master of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on managerial leadership communication, delivered the student remarks during the graduate ceremony. Keller shared her experiences with overcoming hurdles and reaching for goals that might seem unattainable.
“Go into your future endeavors with confidence,” said Keller, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2015. “Your time here at Edinboro has prepared you. Trust in yourself. Because you do know what you’re doing. You are capable. You can do it.”
Leading today’s undergraduate procession, Dr. Naod Kebede, professor in Edinboro University’s Chemistry Department of the College of Science and Health Professions, served as the ceremonial mace bearer. Kebede carried the mace following his recognition in April as the 2019 Faculty Member of the Year. Dr. Heather A. Kenny, member of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Reading faculty, served as the mace bearer during the graduate commencement ceremony.
Facts about Edinboro University Class of 2019
Erie County residents: 255
Crawford County residents: 54
Allegheny County residents: 50
Age range: 19-61
Total majors represented: 65
Associate degrees: 64
Bachelor’s degrees: 490
Master’s degrees: 121
Business Administration: 53
Fine Arts – Applied Media Arts: 45
Nursing – BSN: 41
Social Work: 37
Early Childhood & Special Education: 29
Summa cum Laude: 52
Magna cum Laude: 71
Cum Laude: 92
With photo: Edinboro University faculty member Dr. Karim Hossain awaits Edinboro University’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday with Art Department graduates Tyler Podomik and Mary Kate Noonan.