Six communications students selected to serve as commencement marshals

Six graduating Penn State seniors from the College of Communications -- Samantha Agostino, Victoria Grice, Kelly Jackson, Jianghanhan Li, Lauren Murphy and Jessica Paholsky -- have been selected to serve as student marshals during spring commencement exercises at noon Saturday, May 10, in the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.

These six students, one from each major plus an overall marshal, were chosen because of their outstanding achievements in academics and extra-curricular activities.

Jessica Paholsky, from Littlestown, Pa., will serve as the overall marshal. Paholsky will graduate with degrees in journalism and in visual arts. She has completed internships with Naked Nutrition LLC, The Carroll County Times and Voices of Central Pennsylvania. On campus, she has interned with WPSU and the College of Agricultural Sciences. Paholsky was part of the National Press Photographers Association, Triathlon Club, Cross Country Club, Kappa Tau Alpha national honor society, Golden Key international honor society, Phi Eta Sigma national honor society and The Daily Collegian.

Kelly Jackson, from Hershey, Pa., will serve as the student marshal for advertising and public relations. She’s also a member of the Schreyer Honors College. She has completed internships with the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Abel Communications, and Allen and Gerritsen. On campus, Jackson was part of the Advertising Club, American Advertising Federation, Valley Magazine, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Tau Alpha.

Lauren Murphy, from Philipsburg, Pa., will serve as the student marshal for film-video. Murphy will graduate with a double major in film-video and mechanical engineering. She has been involved with the Engineering Ambassadors, Phroth and TEDxPSU. She also worked for the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering creating profile videos. Murphy was a counselor for the College of Communications Film Camp, a Fresh START team leader and studied abroad in England.

Samantha Agostino, from New City, N.Y., will serve as the student marshal for journalism. Agostino worked on the “Centre County Report” and has completed internships for Rubenstein Public Relations, Picture Shack Entertainment and Pennsylvania Business Central. Agostino was also both a morale and public relations captain for the Penn State Dance Marathon, and was a peer mentor for the College of Communications.

Jianghanhan Li, from Shangrao, Jiangxi, China, will serve as the student marshal for media studies. During her time on campus, Li has been a part of the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, Penn State International Dance Ensemble, Penn State Statistics Club, Innoblue and PSNtv. She was also a tutor in the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student Athletes and conducted undergraduate research for Ubiquitous Computing Project and for the ICT4D Project. She also completed an advertising and media internship at The Townsend Group.

Victoria Grice, from Lancaster, Pa., will serve as the student marshal for telecommunications. She has completed internships with Penn State Public Broadcasting, Surge Business Development Communications/Film, CNBC and as team video producer for the Penn State men’s varsity soccer team. Grice has been heavily involved in THON, was a peer mentor for the College of Communications, and was involved with PSNtv and PSNsports.

Last Updated April 23, 2014