The 160th annual commencement will begin at
10 a.m. May 11 in the Health and Physical Fitness Center.
The commencement address will be given by Patricia R. Rooney, wife of the former ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney.
Rooney is actively involved with organizations that work to improve the quality of life in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania and is a supporter of education initiatives.
The invocation will be given by April Tewksbury of Wyalusing, Bradford County, a cum laude graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in health care administration.
The welcome message will be given by Jennifer Smith of Claysburg, Blair County, a summa cum laude graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a specialization in counseling.
The student commencement address will be delivered by Jessica Seasoltz of Altoona, who will graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a specialization in pre-health professional.
This year, 412 students will receive diplomas.
The university’s commencement will be held May 18 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, Humanities and Social Sciences and Eberly College of Business
There will be just more than 1,900 graduates – 1,578 undergraduate and 328 graduate degrees will be awarded.
Commencement speakers have not been finalized.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C., will be recognized with an honorary doctor of theology degree and be the principal speaker at the 167th annual commencement May 11.
The ceremony will begin at
2 p.m. in the Robert S. Carey Student Center.
A native of Pittsburgh who served as bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh for 18 years, Wuerl is know for his teaching ministry and is involved in education, health care and social service organizations. He also is the author of numerous books and articles.
Wuerl was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 17, 1966, and ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on Jan. 6, 1986, in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
More than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded.