Penn State Behrend Class of 2013 receives degrees

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, ended its 2012-13 academic year with a commencement ceremony at Erie Insurance Arena on Friday, May 3. The college conferred 671 degrees.

Forty students earned graduate degrees. Sixty earned associate degrees. Another 571 earned bachelor’s degrees.

“Yes!” said Michele Chereson, of Erie, clutching her nursing degree. “This feels so good!”

In keeping with tradition, a faculty member – Joshua Shaw, associate professor of philosophy – addressed the new graduates.

“You will face challenges – tougher ones, I suspect, than what I faced when I graduated,” Shaw said. “No advice I can give you will be adequate to prepare you for them, because if there is one thing that’s true about life, it’s that it’s always more complicated than the advice we give about it.

“But that’s OK,” he said. “Because if there is one truth about people – a truth you’ve shown over the past few years – it’s that we are more resourceful than the challenges life gives us.”

Chancellor Don Birx and Council of Fellows Chairman Kurt Buseck also offered remarks.

“Finishing an associate, undergraduate or graduate degree is one of life’s great undertakings,” Birx said. “May the pride this achievement inspires fill a deep well of confidence you can draw on as you build new lives beyond Penn State Behrend.”

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Last Updated May 07, 2013