Banners representing each of Penn State's colleges and the School of Nursing flanked the stage after they had been processed ceremonially into the Bryce Jordan Center along with student marshals, deans and faculty members representing the colleges, academic leaders and the honorary degree recipient.
Penn State President called College of Communications student marshal Jonathan Chorle (standing, foreground) to the stage prior to recognizing him and other graduates of the college. Chorle, who graduated with a 3.99 grade point average as a media studies major, enrolled as an adult learner at Penn State following five years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. You can read more about him at live.psu.edu/story/47714 online.
Friends and family members of all ages watched the commencement proceedings from seats overlooking the Bryce Jordan Center arena floor.
Micelle Emery, a World Campus student from Fairfax, Va., smiled following her walk across the stage as a new Penn State graduate. A single mother of five who while completing her degree went through a divorce, heart surgery, other health ailments, a move, a new job and the death of her father, graduated with a 3.6 grade point average. She is the first in her family to graduate from college, and all five of her children were on hand to watch her receive her degree. You can read more about her at live.psu.edu/story/47830 online.
At the University Park campus, approximately 2,168 Penn State degrees were conferred on Saturday (Aug. 14), including four associate degree recipients and 1,391 baccalaureate degree recipients at the 10 a.m. commencement, and 495 master's degree recipients and 278 doctoral degree recipients at the 2:30 p.m. commencement, both at the Bryce Jordan Center. University-wide, Penn State welcomed a total of 2,846 new alumni through the end of the summer semester.
A new Penn State alumna and her family spent time at The Arboretum at Penn State enjoying the grounds and taking photos to commemorate her special day.
A newly minted doctoral graduate and her family also stopped by The Arboretum at Penn State for graduation photos underneath an arbor.
Also celebrating a new beginning were the families of a new bride and groom getting married that afternoon at The Arboretum at Penn State. (You can read more about the bride and her very busy maid of honor, who graduated from Penn State earlier that day, at live.psu.edu/story/47855 online.)