Commencement set for Saturday; candidates for degrees

Forty-four Penn State New Kensington graduates will earn their baccalaureate and associate degrees at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in the campus Forum Theatre.

Former Penn State New Kensington student Lisa Veitch, research staff member for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Va., will deliver the commencement address, "The New Classroom."

Kevin Snider, chancellor, and Andrea Adolph, director of academic affairs, will confer the four- and two-year degrees. The new graduates will be inducted into the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) by Tim Oberlin, president of the Alle-Kiski Society, the local chapter of the PSAA.


College of Health and Human Development
Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Maria Eshelman; Lauren N. Essel; Nancy L. Graham; Alexandra A. Kough; Toni L. Maline; and Amanda R. Moore

University College
Bachelor of Science, Business

Kiersten V. Alvarez; Tayla R. Barnard; Heather L. Gulotta; Matthew E. Hampshire; Sarah E. Kirkwood; Breanna L. McGregor; Scott W. Mergen; Perry M. Nickleach; David R. Purvis; Peter J. Raimondi; and Daniel J. Troiano

Bachelor of Arts, Communications
Jacob T. Baird; Sara M. Colaianne; Andrea J. Conlon; Rachel L. Dunn; Chelsea L. Markle; Kristen M. McPherson; Joshua J. Pilat **; and Abraham J. Strapac; Brianna R. Williams

Bachelor of Science, Information Sciences and Technology
Randall E. Croker; Kenneth W. Fisher; Brandon T. Friel; John D. Gilga; Nicholas L. Graham; Jake E. Howard ***; Dustin E. Knowles; Nicole A. McMahon; Cody J. Setree; Brooke A. Wintersteen; Steven S. Yusko

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Heather L. Lach


College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Technology

Ryan W. Bilby

University College
Business Administration

Byron M. Brown; Dominic A. Strapac

Information Sciences and Technology
Trenton J. Podvorec; Justin T. Schneider

Radiological Science
Samantha R. Miller

*Highest Distinction;   ** High Distinction;  ***Distinction

"Each fresh generation of students brings in a new fresh life. The young men and young women who are going out today not only carry with them a new flood of life… but they will carry with them recollections of the men and women who have led them forward with the hope and promise to this occasion. It is a scene that is always full of inspiration…that no time can wither nor custom stale." Commencement Address, 1897, George W. Atherton, president, The Pennsylvania State University, 1882-190

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Last Updated December 17, 2013