Penn State York commencement set for May 4

Penn State York will celebrate its 42nd annual spring commencement at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) on campus. The ceremony is free and open to the public. This will be the first spring commencement for Lisa Plowfield, chancellor of Penn State York, since she took the helm at the campus in August 2011.

For those who cannot attend, Penn State York's commencement can be viewed on Comcast cable channel 18 and streaming on the campus website.

Frederick Haag, associate professor of visual arts at Penn State York, will be the commencement speaker. Haag was invited to give the commencement address in recognition of being named the recipient of an Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and a 2012 Penn State Teaching Fellow. This is a great honor and Haag is one of only three recipients of this award from across the University.

The Penn State Alumni Association, in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate governing bodies, established the award in 1988. It honors distinguished teaching and provides encouragement and incentive for excellence in teaching. Recipients are expected to share their talent and expertise with others throughout the University during the year following the award presentation.

In addition to hearing from Haag, Penn State York will continue its tradition of the open microphone where graduates can speak for a moment. There also will be a few words from top associate degree graduate Eric R. Gallant, of Dover, Pa.; top baccalaureate degree graduate Shibani R. Chadha, of Mumbai, India; and master's degree graduate representative Teresa J. Wilson, of Mt. Wolf, Pa.

Penn State York will award 18 master of education in teaching and curriculum degrees; 74 baccalaureate degrees; six in bachelor of arts in communication arts and sciences; seven bachelor of arts in English; one bachelor of arts in letters, arts, and sciences; 21 bachelor of science in business; four bachelor of science in electro-mechanical engineering technology; 19 bachelor of science in information sciences and technology; 12 bachelor of science in human development and family studies; two bachelor of science in nursing, and two bachelor of science in science. The campus also will award 21 associate degrees: nine in business administration; two in electrical engineering technology; three in human development and family studies; three in information sciences and technology; two in letters, arts, and sciences (liberal arts); and two in mechanical engineering technology.

Six Penn State York students who completed their degree work at an upper-division campus of Penn State will return to receive a degree during the ceremony. York campus has 185 students moving on from the campus to complete their degrees at another Penn State location. York campus offers the first two years of more than 160 Penn State majors, and those students comprise most of the campus.

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Last Updated May 03, 2012