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Penn State Set for Spring Commencement Ceremonies

by on May 03, 2018 5:00 AM

Penn State will begin spring commencement ceremonies at campuses across the state this weekend. University-wide, an estimated 13,822 diplomas will be awarded including 226 associate, 11,379 baccalaureate, 1,553 master's, 266 law, 223 doctoral, 145 medical and 30 medical/graduate degrees.

At University Park, events will begin on Friday and continue through Sunday. Penn State Law at University Park will hold its commencement next weekend, on Saturday, May 12.

Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed here. Logistical information for families and friends can be found here.


Schreyer Honors College Medal Ceremony 

5 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

Speaker: Dean Peggy A. Johnson

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

8 p.m., Pegula Ice Arena

Speaker: Kathleen "Katie" McGinty, former chair White House Council on Environmental Quality, deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton and Pennsylvania Secretary of Environmental Protection.

College of Engineering

8 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Speaker: France A. Córdova, director, National Science Foundation


Eberly College of Science

9 a.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Speaker: Louis A. Martarano, director of the Science BS/MBA accelerated joint degree program at Penn State and an independent consultant

Bellisario College of Communications

Noon, Bryce Jordan Center

Speaker: Mike Marcus, head of management, Echo Lake Entertainment

College of Arts and Architecture

Noon, Eisenhower Auditorium

Speaker: Andrew Ahr, graduating College of Arts and Architecture student

College of Health and Human Development

3 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center

Speaker: Dr. Loren Robinson, Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

College of Information Sciences and Technology

3 p.m. Pegula Ice Arena

Speaker: Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

College of Nursing

6 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

Speaker: Judy E. Himes, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

College of the Liberal Arts

6:30 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Speaker: Benjamin Rowles, college marshal for the College of the Liberal Arts


Smeal College of Business

9 a.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Speaker: Scott Tarriff, president and CEO of Eagle Pharmaceuticals

College of Education

12:30 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center

Speaker: Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy

College of Agricultural Sciences

 3:30 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Speaker: David L. Denlinger, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University

The Graduate School

6:30 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Speaker: Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering


Penn State Law (University Park)

10:30 a.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

Speaker: The Honorable Wilma A. Lewis, Chief Judge, District Court of the Virgin Islands

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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