Spring 2009 commencement to honor 60 Years

May 15, 2009

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will hold its spring commencement beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16,  in the Louis J. Tullio Arena, located at Eighth and French streets in downtown Erie. This year, the college will be honoring its oldest graduates along with its newest.

Penn State Behrend will confer 524 degrees -- 42 associate, 452 bachelor's and 30 graduate -- at this spring's ceremony. Of these, 29 associate degrees in nursing will be awarded to the college's first nursing class to graduate from the two-year program since its inception in fall 2007.

Penn State Behrend also will honor its first alumni, the Pioneers. In celebration of the college's 60th anniversary, those students from the classes of 1948 to 1962 will both process in the commencement ceremony and be in attendance in the audience.

Notably, Thomas B. Hagen, an active Pioneer alumnus and friend of the college, will deliver the commencement address. Hagen is chairman of the board of the Erie Insurance Group companies and chairman/owner of Custom Group Industries in Erie.

In addition, Herman C. Weber Jr., a member of the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows, will offer remarks and Edward P. Junker III, a member of the University's Board of Trustees, will provide authorization to confer degrees.

This year's five student marshals are:

-- Christopher Michael Brown, a political science major from Erie, for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Brown is graduating as a Schreyer Scholar with an honors degree and with highest distinction. He graduated from Cathedral Preparatory School.

-- Jordan Stuart Collette, a mechanical engineering technology student from Sugar Grove, Pa., for the School of Engineering. Collette is graduating with highest distinction. He graduated from Eisenhower Middle High School.

-- Todd Jeffrey Eckroat, a dual major in biology and chemistry from Erie, for the School of Science. Eckroat is graduating as a Schreyer Scholar with an honors degree and with highest distinction. He graduated from Cathedral Preparatory School.

-- Amy Lynn Gevin, a dual major in accounting and finance from Cochranton, Pa., for the Sam and Irene Black School of Business. Gevin is graduating with highest distinction. She graduated from Cochranton High School.

-- Jessica Lynn Rabell, from Albion, Pa., for the nursing program. Rabell plans to continue as a full-time student in Penn State Behrend's RN to BS nursing program while working full time for Saint Vincent Health System. She is a graduate of Northwestern High School.

The Schreyer Scholars program is Penn State's University-wide Honors program. Students who have completed the requirements of the program, including an Honors thesis or comprehensive examination, receive Honors degrees.

Penn State Behrend conferred more than 700 degrees for the 2008-09 academic year.

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is a comprehensive residential college offering 34 bachelor’s, six associate, four pre-professional and two graduate degree programs with 22 minors to more than 4,600 students. Focused on providing a student-centered environment, Penn State Behrend connects its students to a major research and land-grant institution on a campus enriched by more than 110 clubs and organizations, 21 NCAA varsity teams and 19 intramural sports. Penn State Behrend is named in recognition of a donation by Mary Behrend, widow of Ernst Behrend, who founded the Hammermill Paper Co. in Erie in 1898. The Behrend family lived on the 400-acre Glenhill Farm, which is the core of the Penn State Behrend campus today.

For more information, visit www.behrend.psu.edu.
 

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Last Updated June 01, 2009