2012 college commencement ceremonies schedule

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Here's a look at this season's college commencements for undergraduates:

Sunday, April 29

University of Pittsburgh, main campus, 1 p.m. at Petersen Events Center. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: alumna and U.S. Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, 43rd Army Surgeon General.

Thursday, May 3

Westmoreland County Community College, 6 p.m., Founders Hall gymnasium at the Youngwood campus. Speaker: Dennis Yablonsky, chief executive officer of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Friday, May 4

Duquesne University, 5 p.m., A.J. Palumbo Center. Speaker: Duquesne alumna Marie Milie Jones, founding partner of JonesPassodelis, a Pittsburgh law firm. Honorary degree recipient: Michael G. Fullan, a scholar, teacher and mentor who is a recognized authority on change in the field of education and educational policy.

Penn State Beaver, 7 p.m., auditorium, Student Union Building. Speaker: Julian E. Gray, class of 1991, certified elder law attorney and founder and managing attorney of Julian Gray Associates, a Pittsburgh-area firm.

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, 6:30 p.m., Tullio Arena. Speaker: Chris Coulston, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Penn State Erie.

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

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

Saturday, May 5

Gannon University, 2 p.m. Erie Civic Center.

Geneva College, 10 a.m., Reeves Stadium. Speaker: Steven Garber, author of "The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief & Behavior During the University Years."

Kent State University, morning and afternoon ceremonies at MAC Center. The Arts, Arts and Sciences, Communication and Information, and Technology at 10 a.m. Architecture and Environmental Design; Business Administration; Education, Health and Human Services; Nursing; Public Health at 2 p.m.

La Roche College, 10 a.m. at Kerr Fitness and Sports Center.

Mount Aloysius College, 10 a.m. Main Lawn in front of the Main Administration Building or the Health & Physical Fitness Center.

Penn State Altoona, 10 a.m., the Jaffa Shrine. Speaker: Mike Reid, an Altoona native, former defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals and country music composer.

Penn State Fayette, 10 a.m. Main Arena in the Community Center. Speaker: State Sen. Richard A. Kasunic, D-Fayette.

Penn State Greater Allegheny, 11 a.m., Wunderley Gymnasium. Speaker: John Lydon, CEO, Auberle and Pauline Auberle Foundation.

Penn State New Kensington, 10 a.m., Athletics Center. Speaker: Arlene Hall, director of academic affairs at the campus.

Penn State Eberly College of Science, University Park, 9 a.m., Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, University Park, 9 a.m. Eisenhower Auditorium.

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

Penn State College of Arts & Architecture, University Park, noon, Eisenhower Auditorium.

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

Penn State, College of Information Sciences & Technology, University Park, 3 p.m. Eisenhower Auditorium

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

Point Park University, 10 a.m., Consol Energy Center. Speaker: Dennis Yablonsky, CEO, Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Robert Morris University, 9:30 a.m., Sewall Center Arena. Speaker: Saleem Ghubril, executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise college scholarship fund.

Sunday, May 6

Lincoln University, 1:30 p.m. at the LLC "The U" Lawn Area. Speaker: Roland Martin, syndicated columnist and CNN political strategist.

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

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

Saint Francis University, 2 p.m., DeGol Arena, Stokes Athletics Center. Speaker: T. Allan Comp, founder and coordinator of the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team and the Western Hardrock Watershed Team.Honorary degree recipient: Sister Paula Delgrosso for her work at St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen and in Altoona.

Thiel College. 2 p.m., William A. Passavant Memorial Center. Speaker: Joyce Cuff, professor of biology and Paul M. Rike Professor of Life Sciences at Thiel.

Thursday, May 10

Community College of Beaver County, 6 p.m., Athletics and Events Center.

Temple University, 10 a.m., Liacouras Center. Honorary degree: Larry Magid, a Philadelphia native, Temple University alumnus and head of Larry Magid Entertainment.

Saturday, May 12

Allegheny College, 2 p.m. on Bentley Lawn or in the Wise Center Sports Forum. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: E.J. Dionne, political commentator and syndicated columnist. Other honorary degree recipients: Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability; golfer Arnold Palmer; and former Gov. Tom Ridge.

Bethany College, 10 a.m., Tilock Amphitheatre. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Sy Holzer, president of PNC Bank-Pittsburgh. Other honorary degree recipients: The Rev. James Johnson, retired President of Lexington Theological Seminary, and Rev. William Allen, regional minister emeritus for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia.

Carlow University, 1 p.m., Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Laura Ellsworth, partner-in-charge of the Pittsburgh office of the Jones Day law firm.

California University of Pennsylvania. 10 a.m., Convocation Center. Speaker: Maj. Gen. Donna Barbisch, Class of 1984, who retired after a 38-year career in the U.S. Army and now is president of Global Deterrence Alternatives and director of the Institute for Global and Regional Readiness.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania, morning and afternoon ceremonies in Tippin Gymnasium. College of Business Administration and College of Education and Human Services at 10 a.m. College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and Allied Health and Division of Student Affairs at 2 p.m.

Speakers at both ceremonies and honorary degree recipients: Alumna Jane France and her husband Chris Allison, who have established an endowment at Clarion. Ms. France, who was in the banking and investment fields, is on the board of the Clarion University Foundation. Mr. Allison was chair and CEO of Tollgrade Communications Inc.

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. 2 p.m., McComb Fieldhouse.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, morning and afternoon ceremonies in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Colleges of Natural Sciences and Math; Fine Arts; and Health and Human Services at 9 a.m. Colleges of Education; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Business at 1:30 p.m. Honorary degree recipient and speaker for both ceremonies: Clyde Mills McGeary, Class of 1954 and an artist and art educator credited with creating the Arts in Education Movement.

Franciscan University of Steubenville, 11:30 a.m., Finnegan Fieldhouse. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA. Other honorary degree recipients: the Most Rev. Arthur Serratelli, bishop of Paterson, N.J.; and Marie Hilliard, director of Bioethics and Public Policy for the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

Saint Vincent College, 2 p.m., Robert S. Carey Student Center. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Rev. Dr. Richard Frechette, a priest, physician and missionary who is director of medical services at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) St. Damien's Hospital in Haiti and serves as NPH's regional director of the Caribbean.

Seton Hill University, 11 a.m. Katherine Mabis McKenna Center. Honorary degree recipients: Judith Hansen O'Toole, director and CEO of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and Linda McKenna Boxx, chair of the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation.

Slippery Rock University, morning and afternoon ceremonies in the Morrow Field House. Colleges of Health, Environment and Science and Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts at 10:30 a.m.Colleges of Business, Information and Social Sciences, and Education at 2 p.m.

West Liberty University, 11 a.m. , Academic Sports and Recreation Complex.

West Virginia University, College of Business and Economics, 6 p.m., Coliseum.

West Virginia University, College of Creative Arts, 5:30 p.m., Creative Arts Center.

West Virginia University, College of Human Resources and Education, 9:00 a.m., Coliseum.

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

West Virginia University, School of Nursing, 1 p.m., Morgantown Event Center.

West Virginia University, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, 2 p.m., Coliseum.

Sunday, May 13

Waynesburg University, 2 p.m. , Miller Hall Front Lawn. Speaker: U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair.

West Virginia University, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, 9:30 a.m., Coliseum.

West Virginia University, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, 2 p.m., Coliseum.

West Virginia University, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, 2:30 p.m., Creative Arts Center.

Tuesday, May 15

Butler County Community College, 7 p.m., Field House.

Saturday, May 19

Grove City College, 10 a.m., Quad between Harbison Chapel and Crawford Hall. Speaker: Walter E. Williams, Grove City trustee, guest lecturer in economics and author of more than 150 publications, including the book "The State Against Blacks."

Washington & Jefferson College, 10 a.m. under the tent on the lawn in front of the Olin Fine Arts Center. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: John A. Swanson, founder of ANSYS, engineer and philanthropist. Other honorary degree recipients: Kevin Clash, an Emmy-award winning puppeteer, voice actor and producer, best known as Elmo on Sesame Street; Christie Todd Whitman, former New Jersey governor and former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Rev. Preston Williams, who served as Houghton Professor of Theology and Ethics at Harvard Divinity School for more than three decades before retiring in 2002.

Westminster College, 2:30 p.m., Senior Terrace and South Lawn of Old Main. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Kim R. Dunbar, Class of 1980, professor of science at Texas A&M and a chemist.

Wheeling Jesuit University, 10:30 a.m., Alma Grace McDonough Center. Speaker: the Rev. James O'Brien, S.J., a faculty member and retreat direO'Brien entered the Society of Jesus on September 27, 1947 and was ordained on June 19, 1960. He joined the faculty of Wheeling College in August 1962.

Youngstown State University, 10 a.m., Beeghly Physical Education Center.

Sunday, May 20

Carnegie Mellon University, main ceremony, 11 a.m. at Gesling Stadium. Speaker: Actor Patrick Wilson, Class of 1995. Honorary degree recipients: Renee Fleming, famed soprano; Temple Grandin, whose achievements as an autistic child and young woman were the subject of an HBO film; Ruth Gruber, a humanitarian whose heroism is celebrated in the 2010 documentary "Ahead of Time"; Daniel Kahneman, winner of 2002 Nobel Prize in economic sciences; Richard P. Simmons, chairman of the board, emeritus, of Allegheny Technologies Incorporated and former CEO of Allegheny Ludlum,

Monday, May 21

Chatham University, 10 a.m., Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall. Speakers: Milton and Sheila Fine, community leaders and philanthropists.

Tuesday, May 22

Community College of Allegheny County, 7 p.m., David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Charlene Petrelli, Class of 1985, vice president and chief human resources officer for EQT Corp., president of the EQT Foundation and board member of the CCAC Educational Foundation.

Friday, June 15

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

Compiled by Eleanor Chute and Bill Schackner.


First Published April 29, 2012 12:00 AM


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