Penn State announces graduation speakers, venues

From CDT staff reportsApril 18, 2014 


The Penn State's Lion Ambassadors held an open house at Old Main on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Students got the opportunity to learn some history of the building and climb the stairs to the bell tower.

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Penn State estimates that the University Park campus will graduate more than 10,000 students in May.

The largest portion of those degrees, 8,924, are baccalaureate students, while 901 are master’s, according to a Penn State news release. There also are expected to be 213 doctoral degrees and 10 associate degrees presented.

Across 24 campus, Penn State will award 13,301 diplomas, according to the university. The figures, the latest compiled, are estimates as of March 31 and do not include Penn College.

Commencement speakers, times and locations have been announced by the university. Below is a list of ceremonies:

College of Agricultural Sciences

3:30 p.m., May 11, Bryce Jordan Center

Speaker: Not available

College of Arts and Architecture

• Noon, May 10, Eisenhower Auditorium

• • Speaker: Beverly J. McIver.

McIver’s life as a painter and caretaker of her developmentally disabled sister was documented in the 2012 film “Raising Renee.” A Penn State graduate, she is a professor of art at North Carolina Central University.

Smeal College of Business

• • 9 a.m., May 11, Bryce Jordan Center

• • Speaker: Lou Grabowsky

Grabowsky is the senior adviser, operations and former chief operating officer of Grant Thornton, where he is responsible for the firm’s shared services operation in India. He is a Penn State graduate.

College of Communications

• • Noon Saturday, May 10, Bryce Jordan Center

• • Speaker: Linda Yaccarino

Yaccarino is president of advertising sales for NBC Universal. She is a Penn State graduate.

Dickinson School of Law

•  10:30 a.m., May 17, Eisenhower Auditorium

• Speaker: R. Seth Williams ’89

Williams is the district attorney in Philadelphia and oversees 600 lawyers, detectives and support staff and is responsible for prosecution of more than 75,000 criminal cases annually. He is the first black district attorney in Pennsylvania.

College of Earth and Mineral Science

• 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, Eisenhower Auditorium

• • Speaker: Eva J. Pell

Pell is a retired undersecretary for science at Smithsonian Institution, where she oversaw operations of the National Museum of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo and its Conservation and Research in Front Royal, Va., the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md., the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute in Suitland, Md., and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. She is a Penn State graduate.

College of Education

• 12:30 p.m., May 11, Bryce Jordan Center

• • Speaker: Joan Ferrini-Mundy

Ferrini-Mundy is the assistant director for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, and is responsible for the leadership of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources. She is a Penn State graduate.

College of Engineering

• 8 p.m., May 9, Bryce Jordan Center

• Speaker: Jacqueline Hinman

Hinman is CEO of CH2M Hill, a Fortune 500 company that deals in consulting, engineering, construction, procurement, program management, and operations. She is a Penn State graduate.

College of Health and Human Development

•  3 p.m., May 10, Bryce Jordan Center.

• Speaker: Neil Sharkey

Sharkey is the interim vice president for research and a professor of kinesiology at Penn State and served as associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Health and Human Development and as director of research in the department of kinesiology. He is a Penn State graduate.

College of Information Sciences and Technology

• 3 p.m., May 10, Eisenhower Auditorium

• • Speaker: Paul D. Bell

Bell is the operating partner at Lead Edge Capital, a growth equity firm investing in software and web services companies. He is a Penn State graduate.

The College of the Liberal Arts

• 6:30 p.m., May 10, Bryce Jordan Center

• Speaker: Laura Brown

Brown is the College of the Liberal Arts student marshal, graduating with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Russian and music, as well as a Master of Arts degree in musicology through the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate program at Penn State. She is also a scholar in the Schreyer Honors College.

College of Nursing

• 6 p.m., May 10, Eisenhower Auditorium

• Speaker: Gail E. Latimer

Latimer is vice president and chief nursing officer for Siemens Healthcare. She is a Penn State graduate.

Eberly College of Science

• 9 a.m., May 10, Bryce Jordan Center

• Speaker: Paul H. Lerou

Lerou is a neonatologist and research scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he directs a research laboratory and is also an assistant professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is a Penn State graduate.

Schreyer Honors College Medals Ceremony

• 5 p.m., May 9, Eisenhower Auditorium

The Graduate School

• 6:30 p.m., May 11, Bryce Jordan Center

• • Speaker: Amr S. Elnashai

Elnashai is dean of the College of Engineering at Penn State and led the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was also the Bill and Elaine Hall endowed professor.

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