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Penn State Student's First Visit to Campus to Pick Up Diploma

by on August 10, 2013 9:50 AM

Years of hard work and sacrifice finally pay off for hundreds of Penn State students who will graduate today. Summer commencement exercises will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center beginning at 10:00 a.m.

For at least one of the graduates, the trip to the BJC will be the first time she's set foot on campus.

Sherrita Dobson, a nine-year Army vet, completed her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice online through Penn State’s World Campus program.

She worked as an Army dental hygienist while going to school part time. “I’ve always been fascinated with the criminal justice field,” says Dobson, who is making a dramatic career change.

She hopes to qualify for the Transportation Security Administration canine explosives detection handler program. Dobson actually completed her coursework in 2011. She couldn't attend graduation ceremonies then because she was on active duty. 

At the morning graduation ceremony, 1,502 baccalaureate degrees will be awarded along with three associate degrees. Penn State President Rodney Erickson will be the commencement speaker.

In a second commencement ceremony at 2:30 p.m., 552 master's degrees will be conferred. A total of 291 doctoral degree candidates will also receive their degrees. Padma Raghavan, Director of Penn State's Institute for CyberScience will speak at the Graduate School Ceremony. congratulates all the new graduates and wishes each of you good luck!

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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