Triplets among campus' largest graduation class

Erie, Pa. — The Isherwood triplets -- Archie, Lauren and Lindsey -- have been in school together since kindergarten. On Saturday, May 14, the triplets will participate in their final commencement ceremony together when the trio graduates from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

The campus will confer an all-time record 650 degrees at its spring 2011 commencement, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in the Louis J. Tullio Arena, located at Eighth and French streets in downtown Erie.

"We didn't try to pick the same college, but it worked out that Penn State Behrend was at the top of our lists," said Lauren, the eldest, who will earn a bachelor of science in mathematics. She will attend Duquense University in the fall to pursue a master's degree in secondary education -- alone.

"We immediately loved Penn State Behrend’s campus and scenery," added Lindsey, who will earn a bachelor of science in accounting and will be employed as an auditor at ParenteBeard in Pittsburgh after graduation. "It was always my plan to spend my four years here."

The triplets, of Allison Park, Pa., are second-generation Penn Staters: Dad, Archie Isherwood, earned associate and bachelor's degrees in computer science at Penn State's University Park campus.

"We had the chance to transfer to University Park, but the strength of Penn State Behrend's academic programs and the opportunities we had available to us kept us here," Archie, the youngest, said. "Now that I'm graduating, I definitely think that the internship and leadership experiences I've had will make for a smooth transition into the workplace." He will graduate with a bachelor of science in finance and a minor in accounting, and has accepted an account analyst position with BNY Mellon in Pittsburgh.

Penn State Behrend will confer 47 associate, 555 bachelor's and 48 graduate degrees at this spring's ceremony. The campus conferred a total of 986 degrees for the 2010-11 academic year.

Russell L. Warley, associate professor of mechanical engineering, will deliver the spring commencement address. Warley is program chair for Penn State Behrend's mechanical engineering degree program and teaches courses in thermodynamics, heat transfer and engineering experimentation. He was a 2010 recipient of the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. Named for the seventh president of the University, the award is presented each year to four faculty members who have devoted substantial effort to and developed a record of excellence in undergraduate teaching. Prior to his teaching career, Warley spent 20 years in industry at LORD and Cabot corporations.

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Last Updated May 16, 2011