Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s graduate and
undergraduate winter Commencement ceremonies will take place Saturday, December 12, 2015.
The ceremony for graduate students will be at 9:30
a.m. in the IUP Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium. The undergraduate
ceremony will be at 1:00 p.m. in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
This December, the university will award four
associate degrees, 553 bachelor’s degrees, 197 master’s degrees, and
A total of 214 of the undergraduate
degree recipients are graduating with honors.
Mark Harrison Bowser, graduating with a bachelor’s
degree in nutrition and dietetics with a minor in chemistry, will be the
student speaker for the undergraduate ceremony.
Bowser, of Templeton, is a dean’s list student and
provost scholar. He has been active with service to the local homeless
community and has served the global community traveling to Ethiopia and
Botswana for relief efforts. He serves as a military intelligence analyst for
the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Meghan Ferraro, of Brookville, who is graduating
with a doctorate in education degree in educational and school psychology, will
be the graduate ceremony student speaker.
She has been a student at IUP in the Educational
and School Psychology Department since 2007 when she began her master’s degree
program. Since that time, she has been in the top five percent of her
class and is described by her faculty as “a leader among her peers” throughout
her studies at IUP.
A total of 11 students will be recognized for
achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average at the ceremony.
Maureen McHugh, professor of psychology and IUP’s
2015–16 Distinguished University Professor, will serve as the keynote speaker
for both the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies. The Distinguished
University Professorship is an annual award presented to an IUP faculty member
based on outstanding teaching, research, and scholarly activity. Recipients
retain the title for life.
During her tenure as Distinguished University Professor, McHugh continues
her scholarly work in gender-related studies, as well as violence and
victimization related to gender. Her research has made significant contributions
to her field on the regional, national, and international levels.
She is currently editing a book series on the psychology of women. The series will allow for a greater
understanding of topics related to women’s sexuality, women’s sexual
empowerment, and the issues related to sexual interactions and cultural
The undergraduate ceremony will
include the presentation of the senior class gift from Kristen Howett, from
Whitehall, a graduate from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The
gift will benefit the Dean’s Merit Scholarship funds of the participating
student givers’ colleges.
Both ceremonies included
greetings from the Alumni Association President Phillip Carrai, a 1983 IUP