Graduates honored at Penn State Beaver spring commencement

May 18, 2012

Penn State Beaver held its spring commencement Friday, May 4 in the Student Union Building auditorium. Fifty-eight students received master’s, baccalaureate, and associate degrees.

The academic processional and recessional and convention of proceedings were led by Daniel W. Smith, instructor in business. Donna J. Kuga, director of academic affairs, presented the degrees, which were conferred by Chancellor Gary B. Keefer in conjunction with John Feraco, president of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and manufacturing leader for NOVA Chemicals, Inc.

Keefer also introduced the commencement speaker, Julian Gray, certified elder law attorney. Gray is the founder and managing attorney of Julian Gray Associates, the largest elder care law practice in western Pennsylvania. Gray, a native of Center Township, attended Beaver campus and received a bachelor’s degree in pre-law from Penn State University Park in 1991. He earned his law degree from Duquesne University in 1994.

Keith R. Poleti, president of the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, offered the Alumni Association’s welcome to the new graduates. A reception hosted by the Office of Housing and Food Services was held in the Student Union Lodge immediately following commencement.

Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum
Offered by Penn State Harrisburg at Penn State Beaver
Candidates were presented by William Bigos, assistant professor of education.
Gena L. Bossart, McDonald
Margot F. Bruno, Aliquippa
Dina L. McCaskey, Seven Fields
Krysten L. Scheidler, Moon Township
Christina M. Thomas, Mars

Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice
Candidates were presented by Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice.
Iman S. Abubaker, Pittsburgh
Amanda L. Hradil, Monaca
Stephen J. Kimmick, Beaver Falls
Michael A. Zdranik, Darlington

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology
Candidates were presented by Kevin Bennett, instructor in psychology.
Mark Cromo, Monaca
Nicole L. DeFarrari, Aliquippa
David M. Fritsch, Rochester
Shelby M. Parks, New Brighton
Natalie J. Sell, Beaver
Kaitlyn E. Seyler, Moon Township
Rachael C. Temple, Aliquippa

Bachelor of Science in Business
Candidates were presented by W. Timothy Few, assistant professor of business.
Kimberly J. Aurin-Davies, Hookstown
Luke C. Barry, Beaver
Nick C. Colovos, Mars
Kendra J. Groscost, Monaca
Jamie L. Karpinski, Beaver
Frank W. Kronstein, Monaca
Amanda L. Moore, Darlington
Rachel E. Paul, Crescent
Charles M. Steinmetz, Cranberry Township
Robert J. Terry, Zelienople
Patrick L. Vaughan, Pittsburgh
James D. Widlicka, Hookstown
Sean M. Wolff, Rochester

Bachelor of Arts in Communications
Candidates were presented by Juliette Storr, associate professor of communications.
Amy I. Green, Spotsylvania
Trey W. Hudspeth, Beaver Falls
Julie A. Leeper, Clinton
Noelle N. Miloszewski, Beaver Falls
Craig J. Oskin, Aliquippa
Ashley R. Roznowski, Oakdale

Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology
Candidates were presented by Kausalai (Kay) Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology.
Jonathan G. Clise, Gibsonia
Valerie A. Cycholl, Coraopolis
Sean R. Dickey, Aliquippa
Roger A. Garza, Beaver
Joshua L. Godfrey, Rochester
Juraj Hric, Monongahela
Taylor V. Jaros, Rochester
Edward M. Knotek, Coraopolis
Anthony J. Morelli, Beaver Falls

Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Natalie L. Manjerovic, Georgetown

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Offered through Penn State Shenango at Penn State Beaver
Candidates were presented by Kathleen G. Mastrian, associate professor of nursing.
Angelo F. Aquino, Ambridge
Elizabeth A. Gilarno, Beaver Falls
Kimberly L. Naggy, Monaca
Sheryl A. Shamp, Monaca
Christina M. Wilhelm, Pittsburgh
Elizabeth K. Zeljak, Aliquippa

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Candidates were presented by Kevin Bennett, instructor in psychology.
Aimee N. Archer, Aliquippa
James W. Daw, Monaca
Rachelle B. Eidenmiller, New Castle
Leah M. Patillo, Aliquippa
Rachell F. Vukovcan, Beaver Falls
Christine G. Walzak, Monaca

Associate in Science in Information Sciences and Technology
Candidate was presented by Kausalai (Kay) Wijekumar, associate professor of information and sciences and technology.
Stephanie L. Malone, Imperial

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Last Updated May 21, 2012