University of Pennsylvania will hold commencement ceremonies May 9, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
and at 1:30 p.m. at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex for more
than 1,889 graduates. The ceremonies will combine undergraduate and graduate
9:00 a.m. ceremony will be for students from the colleges of Fine Arts,
Health and Human Services, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
1:30 p.m. ceremony will be for students from the Eberly College of Business and
Information Technology and the colleges of Education and Educational Technology
and Humanities and Social Sciences.
breakdown of degrees to be offered is as follows: 1,580 bachelor’s degrees, 256
master’s degrees, 51 doctoral degrees and two associate degrees. Of the
bachelor’s degree applicants, a total of 795 qualify for Latin honors (3.25
grade point average or above), with 48 achieving a perfect 4.0 grade-point
The total number
of graduates by college are: 297 from the
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology; 151 from the College of Education and Educational Technology; 92 from the College of Fine Arts; 585 from the College of Health and Human
Services; 224 from the College of
Humanities and Social Sciences; 233 from
the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and 307 from the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
ceremonies will feature an IUP graduate with more than five decades of
leadership in higher education administration as the keynote speaker.
Donald J. Mash, a 1964 graduate, will speak at the ceremonies and will receive
an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree at the ceremony. Mash is a 1995
recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award, honored for his outstanding
contributions to the field of education. He is a native of Jeannette. He served
as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, as president of Wayne
State College, as vice president for student affairs and as executive vice
president for administration at George Mason University and as dean of student
services at Ohio Dominican College. He began his career in higher education as
an instructor of geography at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford.
addition to his IUP degree, he received a master’s degree in geography from the
University of Pittsburgh and his Ph.D. in higher education-student development
from The Ohio State University.
ceremonies also will continue the tradition of honoring the 50-year reunion class
(the class of 1964). These alumni will lead the procession into Ed Fry Arena
during the morning ceremony.
student speakers will be Franklinn M. Alexander, of Ernest, who will receive a
master’s degree in sports studies with an emphasis in exercise science, in the
morning, and Ashley Niccolai, of Fairmount City, who will receive a bachelor’s
degree in sociology, in the afternoon.
Alexander, son of Constance and Gerald Alexander of
Home, is a 2002 graduate of Marion Center High School. While at IUP, he was a
member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Phi Epsilon Kappa honor society, Golden
Key International Honour Society, won best research poster for the College of
Health and Human Services at the 2013 undergraduate scholars forum and attended
Undergraduate Research at the Capitol in 2014. He is married to Karina
Niccolai, daughter of Ralph Niccolai, Fairmount City,
and Diane Niccolai, of New Bethlehem, is a 2011 graduate of Redbank Valley High
School. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta honor society and won the honor
society’s outstanding graduating senior award. She was president of the
Sociology Club and was member of the University Chorus. She is a dean’s list
student and provost scholar.
President Michael Driscoll will preside over the commencement ceremonies.
Recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Awards will
also be recognized. They are Dr.
W. Zachary Collins, associate professor, Department of Music, Distinguished
Faculty Award for Creative Arts; Dr. Benjamin Ford, associate professor,
Department of Anthropology, Distinguished Faculty Award for Research; Dr. DeAnna Laverick, associate
professor, Department of Professional Studies in Education, Distinguished
Faculty Award for Teaching; and Dr. Michele Papakie, associate professor, Department
of Journalism and Public Relations, Distinguished Faculty Award for Service.
this year, all students participating in May commencement ceremony will be
recognized by name and congratulated on stage.
Parking on campus will be open to all visitors, except in
the following areas: the Clark Hall parking lot, closed for construction;
portions of the Miller Stadium parking lot, reserved for handicapped parking;
and the Kovalchick Complex VIP parking area, located in front of the building,
and loading dock area. Police officers will be at each intersection from Grant
Street south to the Kovalchick Complex to assist visitors.
departments are holding individual commencement ceremonies. A complete list is
available on the IUP commencement website. Details about live webcasts of the
commencement ceremonies are also available on the website.