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Speakers, Honorary Degree Recipient Chosen for Commencement

Glenn Cannon

Plans for May's commencement ceremony are being finalized with the selection of two speakers.

Glenn Cannon '71 will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and serve as keynote speaker, while Jessica Sabol, a Theater and English major, will serve as the student speaker.

Cannon currently serves as a senior vice president with Hilliard and Heintze, a security, safety, and emergency management firm. He is the former director of disaster operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is often tapped by Congress to testify on key emergency planning and response matters. Prior to his work with FEMA, he served as Allegheny County's chief operating officer and earlier as director of the Allegheny County Emergency Management and Public Safety departments. He holds a law degree from Duquesne University and a master's degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He received IUP’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985 and served as a member of the IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors. He recently received the IUP Presidential Legacy Award for Civic Service.

A student in the Robert E. Cook Honors College, Sabol is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honors fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega honorary theater fraternity, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America, among numerous other organizations. She served as an administrative assistant for the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, which IUP hosted this year. She has received many scholarships and awards during her tenure at IUP. A resident of Morrisdale, Pennsylvania, Sabol plans to pursue her Master of Education degree at Penn State University.

The main ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Miller Stadium.


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