2013 college commencements across the region

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Here's a list of undergraduate commencements for the 2013 spring commencement season:


• University of Pittsburgh main campus, 1 p.m., Petersen Events Center. Speaker: Patrick D. Gallagher, director of the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology.


• Duquesne University, 5 p.m., A.J. Palumbo Center.

Speaker: Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington. Honorary degree recipient: Margaret V. McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women.

• Penn State Beaver, 7 p.m., auditorium, Student Union Building.

Speaker: Elizabeth M. (Foley) Zona, anesthesiologist in the West Penn Allegheny Health System anesthesia department, Forbes Regional Hospital.

• Penn State Behrend, 6:30 p.m., Erie Insurance Arena.

Speaker: Joshua Shaw, associate professor of philosophy at Penn State Behrend.

• Penn State University, University Park, College of Engineering, 8 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center.

Speaker: Naren K. Gursahaney, president and CEO of ADT Corp.

• Penn State University, University Park, 8 p.m., College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Eisenhower Auditorium.

Speaker: John Leone, CEO, chairman and owner of Bonney Forge Corp.


• La Roche College, 10 a.m., Kerr Fitness Center.

Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Martin Sheen, actor, social activist and humanitarian.

• Penn State University, University Park, Eberly College of Science, 9 a.m., Bryce Jordan Center. Speaker: Shirley M. Malcom, head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

• Penn State University, University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences, 9 a.m., Eisenhower Auditorium. Speaker: MeeCee Baker, managing partner and chief operating officer of Versant Strategies.

• Penn State University, University Park, College of Communications, noon, Bryce Jordan Center.

Speaker: George Bodenheimer, executive chairman, ESPN Inc.

• Penn State University, University Park, College of Arts and Architecture, noon, Eisenhower Auditorium. Speaker: Steven Tepper, associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and associate professor in the department of sociology at Vanderbilt University.

• Penn State University, University Park, College of Health and Human Development and School of Nursing, 3 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center.

Speaker: R. Scott Kretchmar, professor of exercise and sport science at Penn State.

• Penn State University, University Park, College of Information Sciences and Technology, 3 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium. Speaker: Mica R. Endsley, president of SA Technologies.

• Penn State University, University Park, College of the Liberal Arts, 6 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center.

• Penn State Altoona, 10 a.m., Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. Speaker: Roger Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association, associate vice president of alumni relations and an affiliate associate professor of higher education at Penn State.

• Penn State Fayette, 10 a.m., Main Arena in the Community Center.

Speaker: Robert E. Eberly Jr., lawyer, president of The Eberly Foundation and historian who wrote a history of Fayette County soldiers in the Civil War.

• Penn State Greater Allegheny, 11 a.m., Wunderley Gymnasium.

Speaker: Michelle Fabrizi, president and CEO of Marc USA.

• Penn State New Kensington, 10 a.m., Athletics Center.

Speaker: Ned Laubacher, president and CEO of Allegheny Valley Hospital and executive vice president of the Eastern corridor for West Penn Allegheny Health System.

• Point Park University, 10 a.m., Consol Energy Center. Speaker: Robert A. Miller, Hollywood producer, director and screenwriter. Honorary degrees: Mr. Miller; Herman L. Reid Jr., director of academic outreach at Point Park University, and Arthur P. Ziegler Jr., president of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.


• Penn State University, University Park, Smeal College of Business, 10 a.m., Bryce Jordan Center.

Speaker: Lizabeth H. Zlatkus, former executive vice president and chief risk officer of Hartford Financial Services Group.

• Penn State University, University Park, College of Education, 1:30 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center.

Speaker: Jhan Doughty Berry, chief diversity officer at Educational Testing Service.

• Saint Francis University, 2 p.m., DeGol Arena of the Maurice Stokes Athletics Center.

• Thiel College, 2 p.m., Passavant Center.

Speaker: alumnus Jim Cunningham of WQED-FM 89.3. Honorary degree recipient: Linda Haller, president of the Henry E. Haller Jr. Foundation.


• Community College of Beaver County, 6 p.m., in The Dome.

Speaker: Justin Solobay, an alumnus and emergency management specialist for the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington D.C.

• Westmoreland County Community College, 6 p.m., Founders Hall, Youngwood campus.

Speaker: Mary Catherine Motchar, WCCC Foundation board member and president of Arbor Industrial Supplies.


• Lincoln University, 9 a.m., Lincoln Lions Stadium or, in inclement weather, Manuel Rivera Hall Main Gymnasium.


• Allegheny College, 2 p.m., Bentley Lawn or Wise Center Sports Forum, depending on the weather.

Speaker: Douglas Brinkley, presidential historian, author and history professor at Rice University. Honorary degree recipients: Mr. Brinkley; Morris Fiorina, professor of political science at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution; David Shribman, executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, director of religion at the Chautauqua Institution; and James E. Nevels, founder and chairman of The Swarthmore Group.

• Carlow University, 1 p.m., Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall.

Speaker: Susie Shipley, Western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley region president of Huntington Bank. Honorary degree recipient: Katherine Donahue Freyvogel, president of Oakland Catholic and a Carlow Woman of Spirit.

• Franciscan University of Steubenville, noon, Finnegan Fieldhouse.

Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Jim Nicholson, former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

• Gannon University, 2 p.m., Erie Insurance Arena.

• Geneva College, 10 a.m., Reeves Field or Metheny Fieldhouse in inclement weather.

Speaker: The Rev. Edward A. Donnelly, principal and professor of New Testament for Reformed Theological College in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

• Mount Aloysius College, 10 a.m., Health and Physical Fitness Center.

Speaker: Patricia Rooney, wife of former ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney. Honorary degree recipients: Mr. and Mrs. Rooney; Jim Walsh, a research associate in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology security studies program; and Shirley A. Pechter of Altoona, a volunteer and supporter of various organizations and causes, including helping to prevent suicide among young people and the American Cancer Society.

• Kent State University, Colleges of the Arts; Arts and Sciences; and Public Health, 9 a.m., Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

Speaker: Jeff Richmond, writer and composer.

• Kent State University, Colleges of Applied Engineering; Sustainability and Technology; Business Administration; Nursing and the School of Digital Sciences, 1 p.m. Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

Speaker: Jeff Hoffman, CEO and founder of Priceline.com.

• Kent State University, Colleges of Architecture and Environmental Design; Communication and Information; and Education, Health and Human Services, 4:15 p.m., Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Speaker: Larry Armstrong, CEO of Ware Malcomb.

• Robert Morris University, 9:30 a.m., Sewall Center Arena.

Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Bob Rogers, president of Development Dimensions International.

• Saint Vincent College, 2 p.m., Robert S. Carey Student Center.

Speaker: Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington. Honorary degree recipients: Cardinal Wuerl and James E. Rohr, executive chairman, PNC Financial Services Group.

• Seton Hill University, 11 a.m., Salvitti Gymnasium in the McKenna Center.

Speaker: Haley Scott DeMaria, author and motivational speaker who recovered from a fatal bus crash involving the University of Notre Dame's swimming team. Honorary degree recipients: Ms. Scott DeMaria; Arnold Palmer, golfer, philanthropist and former Seton Hill trustee; and E. Ronald Salvitti, innovator in LASIK eye surgery. The gym is named in honor of Dr. Salvitti and his wife, Constance Angotti Salvitt, who together donated $1 million.

• West Liberty University, 11 a.m., Academic Sports and Recreation Center. Honorary degree recipient: Eileen Reinbold of Tennessee, a benefactor and member of the university's College of Arts and Communications Advisory Board.


• Community College of Allegheny County, 7 p.m., David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Mark Nordenberg, chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.


• Temple University, 10 a.m., Liacouras Center.


• Bethany College, 10 a.m., Tilock Amphitheatre in the Pennington Quadrangle. Ralph Baxter, chairman and CEO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

• Butler County Community College, 9:30 a.m., AA/AAS/certificate ceremony and 1 p.m. AS/AGS/GED ceremony, both in the college gymnasium in El Dorado.

• California University of Pennsylvania, 10 a.m., Convocation Center.

Speaker: Mark Camillo, senior fellow at the George Mason University Center for Infrastructure Protection and senior vice president for strategic planning at Contemporary Services Corp. and a former special agent in the U.S. Secret Service.

• Clarion University, 10 a.m. for College of Arts and Sciences and College of Business Administration, and 2 p.m. for College of Education and Human Services, Division of Student Affairs, and School of Nursing and Allied Health, both ceremonies in the Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium.

Speaker at both ceremonies: Upper St. Clair superintendent Patrick O'Toole.

• Venango College of Clarion University, 7:30 p.m., Robert W. Rhoades Gymnasium. Speaker: John R. Phillips II, president and chief operating officer for the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism.

• Grove City College, 10 a.m., Quad between Harbison Chapel and Crawford Hall or, if weather is inclement, Arena of the Physical Learning Center. Speaker: John A. Sparks, long-time faculty member, attorney and retiring dean.

• Edinboro University, 10 a.m., McComb Fieldhouse. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Muriel A. Howard, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

• Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 9 a.m. for Colleges of Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Health and Human Services, and 1:30 p.m. for Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, and the Colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Education and Educational Technology, both in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Speaker at both ceremonies: Suzanne "Suzy" Teele, chief operating officer for SnapRetail.

• Slippery Rock University, 10:30 a.m. for College of Health, Environment and Science, and College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, and 2 p.m. for College of Business, Information and Social Science, and College of Education, both in the Morrow Field House.

• Washington & Jefferson College, 10 a.m., tent on lawn in front of the Olin Fine Arts Center.

Speaker: Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.

• West Virginia University, College of Education and Human Services, 9 a.m., Coliseum.

Speaker: Irvin Scott, deputy director of education of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

• West Virginia University, Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, 9:30 a.m., Creative Arts Center.

Speaker: Richard Gingras, head of news products at Google.

• West Virginia University, School of Nursing, 1 p.m., Morgantown Event Center. Speaker: Georgia Narsavage, outgoing dean of WVU School of Nursing.

• West Virginia University, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, 1 p.m., Coliseum.

Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Jed DiPaolo, founder and CEO of JNDI Corp.

• West Virginia University, College of Creative Arts, 5:30 p.m., Creative Arts Center. Speaker: Jay Chattaway, Grammy Award-winning composer.

• West Virginia University, College of Business and Economics, 6 p.m., Coliseum. Speaker: Penelope Roll, chief financial officer of Ares Capital Corp.

• Westminster College, 2:30 p.m., Senior Terrace of Old Main.

Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Leonard Carroll, former board chair, chairman of Seneca Capital Management and former president and CEO of Integra Financial Corp.

• Wheeling Jesuit University, 10:30 a.m., Alma Grace McDonough Center.

Speaker: The Rev. Gregory Boyle, S.J., founder and director, Homeboy Industries. Honorary degree recipients: Rev. Boyle and Michael D. Ferns, owner, A&B Kia, Benwood, W.Va.

• Youngstown State University, 10 a.m., Beeghley Center.

Speaker and honorary degree recipient: actor Ed O'Neill.


• Carnegie Mellon University, 11 a.m., Gesling Stadium.

• Mercyhurst University, 2 p.m., Bayfront Convention Center, Erie.

• West Virginia University, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, 9:30 a.m., Coliseum. Speaker: Robert G. Jenkins, retired brigadier general of the U.S. Air Force.

• West Virginia University, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, 2 p.m., Coliseum. Speaker: Jennie Hunter-Cevera, biological sciences inventor and innovator. Honorary degree recipients: Ms. Hunter-Cevera and Helen Holt, first female West Virginia secretary of state.

• West Virginia University, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, 2:30 p.m., Creative Arts Center. Speaker: Major Harris, former WVU football player, Heisman Trophy finalist and all-American.


• Chatham University ,10 a.m., Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall.

Speaker and honorary degree recipient: James E. Rohr, executive chairman, PNC Financial Services Group.


• Art Institute of Pittsburgh, noon, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall.


posted Apri 29, 2013: In an earlier version, the date of May 18 was omitted.

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