2014 undergraduate commencements throughout the region

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Here’s a regional list of undergraduate spring commencements 2014:

Saturday, April 26

• University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, 11 a.m., Ridilla Field. Speaker: Ambassador R. James Woolsey, former CIA director.

• University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, 1 p.m., Sports Center.

• University of Pittsburgh-Titusville, , 2 p.m., J. Curtis McKinney Student Union. Speaker: Roger B. Willis, president of Universal Well Services Inc.

Sunday, April 27

• University of Pittsburgh,1 p.m., Petersen Events Center. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: chancellor and distinguished service professor Mark Nordenberg.

• University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, , 2 p.m., KOA Arena of the Sport and Fitness Center. Speaker: Senior Judge John M. Cleland.

May 3

• La Roche College, 10 a.m., Kerr Fitness & Sports Center. Speaker: former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, who also will receive an honorary degree.

• Point Park University, 10 a.m., Consol Energy Center. Speaker: Jim Rohr, executive chairman and former CEO of the PNC Financial Services Group. Honorary degree recipients: Mr. Rohr and Nancy D. Washington, immediate past chairman of Point Park University’s Board of Trustees and faculty emerita of the University of Pittsburgh.

May 4

• Thiel College, 2 p.m., William A. Passavant Memorial Center. Speaker: M. Roy Strausbaugh, former chair of Thiel’s board of trustees, educator and author.

May 8

• Community College of Westmoreland County, 6 p.m., Founders Hall gym, Youngwood campus. Speaker: James Bendel, executive director of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.

May 9

• Duquesne University, 5 p.m., A.J. Palumbo Center. Speaker: Ed Fritzky, retired chairman, president and CEO of Immunex Corp. Honorary degree recipients: Patricia Hill Collins, distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland and past president of the American Sociological Association, and Elaine Tagliareni, chief program officer for the National League for Nursing and its former president.

• Lincoln University, 9 a.m., Football Stadium.

• Penn State Beaver, 7 p.m., Student Union Building Auditorium. Speaker: H. Scott Cunningham, executive vice president and regional managing director, PNC Wealth Management.

• Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, 6:30 p.m., Erie Insurance Arena. Speaker: Tracy Halmi, senior lecturer in chemistry at Behrend.

• Penn State Shenango, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium. Speaker: Charles Bursey, professor of biology, Penn State Shenango.

• Penn State, University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, 8 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium. Speaker: Eva J. Pell, retired undersecretary for science, Smithsonian Institution.

• Penn State, University Park, College of Engineering, 8 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center. Speaker: Jacqueline Hinman, CEO of engineering company, CH2M HILL.

May 10

• Allegheny College, 2 p.m., Bentley Lawn. Speaker: Judy Woodruff, journalist. Honorary degrees: Ms. Woodruff; Kitty Dukakis, mental health advocate; and Lucius T. Outlaw Jr., philosopher.

• California University of Pennsylvania, 10 a.m., Convocation Center. Speaker: Reginald A. Long Sr., partner in the law firm of Love and Long LLP of Newark, N.J., and Philadelphia.

• Carlow University, 1 p.m., Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. Speaker: Regina Benjamin, former U.S. surgeon general and current endowed chair in public health sciences at Xavier University, New Orleans. Honorary degree recipients: Dr. Benjamin and Eugene Beard, chairman and CEO of Westport Asset Fund, Inc.

• Clarion University, Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Business Administration, 10 a.m., Tippin Gymnasium. Speaker: Guido M. Pichini, chairman of the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors and president of WSK & Associates and its related companies of Wyomissing.

• Clarion University, College of Education & Human Services and the Division of Student Affairs, 2 p.m., Tippin Gymnasium. Speaker: Guido M. Pichini, chairman of the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors and president of WSK & Associates and its related companies of Wyomissing.

• Clarion’s Venango College, 7 p.m., Robert W. Rhoades Gymnasium. Speaker: Joseph L. Carrico, Oil City Area School District superintendent.

• Edinboro University, 10 a.m., McComb Fieldhouse. Speaker: Tom Ridge, former governor, former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and now president and chief executive of Ridge Global Security.

• Franciscan University of Steubenville, 11:30 a.m., Finnegan Fieldhouse. Speaker: Michael P. Warsaw, chairman of the board and CEO of the Eternal Word Television Network Inc. and publisher of the National Catholic Register. Honorary degrees: Mr. Warsaw and posthumously to Amanda Looman, a senior from Wintersville, Ohio, who died after being injured in an automobile accident in October 2013.

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

• Geneva College, 10 a.m., Reeves Stadium. Speaker: Greg Baylor, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom in Washington, D.C.

• Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Colleges of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Fine Arts, and Health and Human Services, 9 a.m., Kovalchick Complex.

• Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Education and Educational Technology, 1:30 p.m., Kovalchick Complex.

• Kent State University, Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Public Health, and School of Digital Sciences, 9 a.m., Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Speaker: Tracy Plouck, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

• Kent State University, Colleges of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, Business Administration, and Communication and Information, 1 p.m., Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Speaker: Richard Brandt, director of the Iacocca Institute and the Global Village Program at Lehigh University.

• Kent State University, Colleges of Architecture and Environmental Design, the Arts, and Education, Health and Human Services, 5 p.m., Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Speaker: Love Goel, chairman and CEO of GVG Capital Group.

• Mercyhurst University, North East campus, 1 p.m., Liguori Fieldhouse. Speaker: Steve Scully, C-SPAN senior executive producer, political editor and primary host.

• Mount Aloysius College, 10 a.m., Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center. Speakers: David Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and his wife, Cindy Skrzycki, GlobalPost correspondent and senior lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh. Honorary degree recipients: Mr. Shribman; Ms. Skrzycki; James A. Sharkey, Ireland’s ambassador plenipotentiary; and Michelle M. McGowan, actress and director.

• Penn State Altoona, 10 a.m., Jaffa Shrine. Speaker: Darren Miller, marathon runner and open water swimmer who has completed an English Channel swim and the Oceans Seven challenge and is co-founder of the Forever Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

• Penn State DuBois, 2 p.m., Multipurpose Building Gymnasium. Speaker: Craig Pearce, founding director, Deloitte Leadership Institute, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey.

• Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, 10 a.m., Main Arena, Community Center.

• Penn State Greater Allegheny, 10 a.m., Athletics Center. Speaker: Suzette Shaffer Schultz, senior project manager, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

• Penn State University Park, College of Arts and Architecture, noon, Eisenhower Auditorium. Speaker: Beverly J. McIver, professor of art, North Carolina Central University and a nationally acclaimed painter.

• Penn State University Park, College of Communications, noon, Bryce Jordan Center. Speaker: Linda Yaccarino, president of advertising sales for NBC Universal.

• Penn State University Park, Eberly College of Science, 9 a.m., Bryce Jordan Center. Speaker: Dr. Paul H. Lerou, neonatologist and research scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

• Penn State University Park, College of Health and Human Development, 3 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center. Speaker: Neil Sharkey, interim vice president for research and a professor of kinesiology at Penn State.

• Penn State University Park, College of Information Sciences and Technology, 3 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium. Speaker: Paul D. Bell, operating partner at Lead Edge Capital.

• Penn State University Park, College of the Liberal Arts, 6:30 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center. Speaker: Laura Brown, College of the Liberal Arts student marshal, graduating with dual bachelor of arts degrees in Russian and music, and a master of arts degree in musicology.

• Penn State University Park, College of Nursing, 6 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium. Speaker: Gail E. Latimer, vice president and chief nursing officer for Siemens Healthcare.

• Robert Morris University, 9:30 a.m., Sewall Center Arena. Speaker: Robert “Bobby” Vagt, chairman of Rice Energy and former president of the Heinz Endowments. Honorary degree recipients: Mr. Vagt and Carol Brown, former CEO and president of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

• Saint Vincent College, 2 p.m., Robert S. Carey Student Center. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Patrick D. Gallagher, a physicist and U.S. Commerce official who will become chancellor at the University of Pittsburgh on Aug. 1.

• West Liberty University, 11 a.m., in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: West Virginia’s poet laureate, Marc Harshman.

• West Virginia University, College of Education and Human Services, 9 a.m., Coliseum. Speaker: Gayle Manchin, president of the West Virginia State Board of Education.

• West Virginia University, Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, 9:30 a.m., Creative Arts Center. Speaker: Amy Webb, founder and CEO of Webbmedia Group.

• West Virginia University, Stratler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, 1 p.m., Coliseum. Speaker: Dianne D. Anderson, executive director of Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University.

• West Virginia University, School of Nursing, 1 p.m., Morgantown Event Center. Speaker: Nancy Atkins, commissioner, Bureau for Medical Services, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

• West Virginia University, College of Creative Arts, 5:30 p.m., Creative Arts Center. Speaker: Chris Sarandon, actor.

• West Virginia University, College of Business and Economics, 6 p.m., Coliseum. Speaker: Bill Sheedy, executive vice president of Visa Inc.

May 11

• Penn State University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences, 3:30 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center. Speaker: Rodney Erickson, Penn State president.

• Penn State University Park, Smeal College of Business, 9 a.m., Bryce Jordan Center. Speaker: Lou Grabowsky, senior adviser, operations, and former chief operating officer of Grant Thornton LLP.

• Penn State University Park, College of Education, 12:30 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center. Speaker: Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director for education and human resources, National Science Foundation.

• Saint Francis University, 2 p.m., DeGol Arena, Stokes Athletics Center. Speaker: Thomas Cosgrove, co-founder of MacWilliams Cosgrove Smith Robinson Inc., a campaign consulting business, and later the Cosgrove Group. Honorary degree recipient: State Sen. John Wozniak, D-Bedford County.

• West Virginia University, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design, 9:30 a.m., Coliseum. Speaker: Keith Bowers, founder and president of Biohabitats.

• West Virginia University, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and University College, 2 p.m., Coliseum. Speaker: Stephen Coonts, best-selling author.

• West Virginia University, 2:30 p.m., College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, Creative Arts Center. Speaker: Gale Catlett, former WVU men’s basketball coach.

May 15

• Community College of Allegheny County, 7 p.m., Petersen Events Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Speaker: Rich Fitzgerald, county executive.

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

May 17

• Bethany College, 10 a.m., Pennington Quadrangle. Speaker: Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania governor, former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and now president and chief executive of Ridge Global Security.

• Grove City College, 10 a.m., on the Quad between Harbison Chapel and Crawford Hall. Speaker: former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

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

• Washington & Jefferson College, 10 a.m., lawn in front of Olin Fine Arts Center. Speaker: Carlos Rodriguez, president and CEO of Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP). Honorary degree recipients: Mr. Rodriguez; Rita Colwell, distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health; Kyle Abraham, choreographer and dancer who began his dance training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School; Rawya Saud Al Busaidi, Oman’s minister of higher education and the first woman in the Sultanate of Oman to be appointed to full ministerial rank; and Rabbi Sarah Schecther, the first female rabbi to serve as a chaplain in the active-duty U.S. Air Force.

• Westminster College, 2:30 p.m., Weisel Senior Terrace.

• Wheeling Jesuit University, 10:30 a.m., Alma Grace McDonough Center. Speaker: Patti Quigley, activist and 9/11 widow. Honorary degree recipients: Ms. Quigley and Lou Volpe, retired Catholic high school religion teacher in the Wheeling area.

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

May 18

• Carnegie Mellon University, 11 a.m., Gesling Stadium. Speaker: Jeffrey Housenbold, president and CEO, Shutterfly. Honorary degrees: John Wells, creative force behind "ER" and "The West Wing" on television; Manfred Honeck, music director for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology,

• Mercyhurst University, 2 p.m., Erie Insurance Arena. Speaker: Thomas J. Gamble, president of Mercyhurst.

• Waynesburg University, 2 p.m., Miller Hall lawn. Speaker: Laura E. Ellsworth, partner at Jones Day law firm. Honorary degrees: Ms. Ellsworth and the Rev. Thomas M. Hall II, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh.

May 19

• Chatham University, 10 a.m., Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Denis Hayes, president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation.

May 21

• Butler County Community College, 7 p.m., Field House. Speaker: Elizabeth Bolden, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.

June 20

• Art Institute of Pittsburgh, noon, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. Speaker: Chip Walter, former CNN bureau chief and author.


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