IST Class of 2011 participates in commencement services

Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) held commencement services for its bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral graduates at University Park over the weekend.

The commencement celebration began on May 14 with an ice cream social in Reese’s Café of the IST Building for all graduates and their families. Following the social, the College of IST’s undergraduate commencement took place at 3 p.m. in the Eisenhower Auditorium. The college awarded 166 bachelor of science degrees in information sciences and technology and 79 in security and risk analysis.

The ceremony featured remarks from the dean of the College of IST David Hall and the commencement speaker Daniel S. Mead, the president and CEO of Verizon Wireless. Mead received a bachelor’s degree in quantitative business analysis and finance and master's of business administration from Penn State.

Each graduate participating in the ceremony received individual recognition as they crossed the stage. Steven Dodge, a university scholar in the Schreyer Honors College who graduated with a bachelor of science degree in information sciences and technology, led the academic procession. Dodge chose Luke Zhang, associate professor of information sciences and technology, to be the faculty marshal for the ceremony.

James Mayberry, who graduated with a bachelor of scinece in information sciences and technology, served as the ROTC student marshal for the college.

The commencement closed with the graduates being welcomed to the Penn State Alumni Association by Prerana Dalal, a 2008 IST graduate, and the singing of the alma mater.

The college also awarded two master of science degrees and five doctorate of philosophy degrees in IST at 5 p.m. on May 15 at the Bryce Jordan Center. The ceremony honored master's and doctoral candidates from all colleges at Penn State.

Donald Hambrick, Smeal chaired professor of management, spoke at the commencement. The ceremony was presided over by Regina Vasilatos-Younken, senior associate dean of the Graduate School, and degrees were conferred by Graham Spanier, president of Penn State.

To view photos from the ice cream social, visit IST's Facebook page.

Congratulations graduates and good luck with your future endeavors!

Last Updated July 07, 2011