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April 23, 2012

Colleges line up speakers



Mount Aloysius College

The 159th annual commencement will begin at 10 a.m. May 5 on Whalley Plaza in front of the Main Building.

The commencement address will be given by the Honorable Judge D. Brooks Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and secretary of the Mount Aloysius College Board of Trustees.

The invocation will be given by Sister Nancy Donovan, RSM, director of campus ministries.

The student commencement address will be delivered by Connor Walsh of North Plainfield, N.J., who will graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in criminology. U.S. Air Force veteran Amber Lenhard of Colver will deliver the student invocation. She will graduate with a master’s in business administration.

This year, 398 students will receive diplomas.


Clyde Mills McGeary, a 1954 graduate of IUP, will receive an honorary doctorate and serve as the keynote speaker for the May 12 commencement ceremonies in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

The 9 a.m. ceremony will be for students from the colleges of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Fine Arts, and Health and Human Services. The 1:30 p.m. ceremony will be for students from the colleges of Education and Educational Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Eberly College of Business, and Information Technology.

About 1,800 students are expected to receive degrees.

McGeary, who received a master of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, worked with the state Department of Education from 1964 to 1991. He co-authored a series of texts related to elementary art education and other publications that underscore the importance of mathematics, science and reading to the arts. McGeary also has served on numerous state art council boards and been recognized with various education awards.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

The 17th annual commencement will take place at 7 p.m. May 17 in the Richland campus auditorium, 101 Community College Way.

Student Government President Donell Williams will give the commencement address. He also is president of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society and will receive an associate of applied science degree in business management.

A total of 213 students will receive degrees, diplomas or certificates for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Allegany College of Maryland

At the college’s Bedford campus in Everett, commencement is scheduled for

7 p.m. May 19 at Everett Area High School.

The college’s Somerset campus will hold commencement at 7 p.m. May 22 at Shanksville-Stonycreek High School.

Graduating students will be the speakers at both ceremonies and will speak on their college experiences. Speakers have not yet been selected.

The number of graduates is still to be determined.

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