University of Pennsylvania will hold commencement ceremonies for 2,002 new
graduates May 7 at 9:00 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m. at Kovalchick Convention and
Athletic Complex. 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.
2:00 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 awarded is as follows: 1,644 bachelor’s degrees, 321
master’s degrees, 35 doctoral degrees, and two associate degrees. Of the
bachelor’s degree applicants, 845 qualify for Latin honors with a grade point
average of 3.25 or above.
number of graduates by college are 346 from
the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, 140 from the College of Education and
Educational Technology, 78 from the
College of Fine Arts, 614 from the College
of Health and Human Services, 206 from
the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 262
from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and 356 from the School of Graduate Studies and
ceremonies will feature John E. Wetzel, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of
Corrections, as the keynote speaker. Secretary Wetzel has more than 26 years of
experience in the corrections field. He will receive an honorary doctor of laws
degree at the ceremony.
career began in 1989 in Lebanon County, where he served as a corrections
officer. He spent nine years in Berks County, where he served as a correctional
officer, counselor, treatment supervisor, and finally director of the Training
January 2002, he began his nine-year tenure as warden of the Franklin County
Jail, where he is credited with leading an effort that resulted in the
transformation of that correctional system. Under his leadership, Franklin
County saw a 20 percent reduction in their population while the crime rate
declined. Franklin County was at the
forefront of maximizing their correctional continuum to reduce reliance on
incarceration while focusing on improving outcomes for offenders. Specifically,
they developed a Day Reporting Center, established a Jail Industries Program,
and initiated several programs targeting improved services for mentally ill offenders,
including a Certified Peer Specialist program in 2006.
Wetzel was appointed to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons by then-Governor
Edward Rendell as the board’s corrections expert, where he subsequently led a
change in the pardons process resulting in an increased production of the board
while alleviating an elevated waiting time for applicants.
December 2010, he was selected as the 11th secretary of Corrections for the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Governor-elect Tom Corbett. His tenure there
saw an elimination of a 24-year average growth of 1,500 inmates per year,
presiding over the first population reduction in Pennsylvania in more than four
decades. Additionally, he oversaw the restructuring of the Community
Corrections system and the mental health system, and a re-engineering of internal
processes to yield a more efficient system of program delivery.
January 2015, Governor Tom Wolf asked Wetzel to continue as the secretary of
Corrections, making him the 12th person to hold that position for the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
is a member of Harvard’s Executive Session on Community Corrections, which is a
joint project of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the
National Institute of Justice.
Consisting of 30 of the leading policymakers, practitioners, and
researchers from across the country, the intent is to shape the meaning and
future of community corrections policy in the United States. The Executive
Session will develop best practices and thinking for professionals across the
public safety and criminal justice spectrum.
Wetzel has been selected as the vice chair of the Council of State Government
Justice Center Executive Board and is a member of the Colston Task Force on
federal prison overcrowding.
also serves as a national consultant and speaker whose areas of expertise
include staffing, vulnerability assessment, mentally ill offenders, developing
employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated offenders, population
management, mitigating impacts on the families/children of incarcerated
individuals, and effecting system change.
is the former offensive line coach for Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
and a founding member of the St. Seraphim homeless shelter. He also initiated a
program to positively impact disadvantaged youth by inviting private
sector/higher education entities to develop programs specifically focused on
them, similar to the president’s My Brother's Keeper initiative. He is married
with four daughters.
ceremonies also will continue the tradition of honoring the 50-year reunion class—this
year the Class of 1966. These alumni will lead the procession into Ed Fry Arena
during the morning ceremony.
student speaker for the morning ceremony is Dana Marie Peles, a music education
major from Hastings.
student speaker for the afternoon ceremony is Leigh Casey Campetti, of
Pittsburgh, a student in the Applied Archaeology master’s program in the
Department of Anthropology, originally from Stockbridge, Mass.
daughter of Harry and Theresa Peles, is a 2012 graduate of Cambria Heights High
School. She is the recipient of a Board of Governor’s Scholarship, the Charles
Davis Scholarship, and the Vyrle Haley Troxell music scholarship. She
participated in Campus Crusade for Christ, Amplify, Cogswell Hall Bible Study,
and the Lively Arts Council, was in the Master’s Jazz Ensemble at Grace United Methodist
Church, and volunteers with Whatsoever Lovely Designs, a fundraising program
associated with Victory Christian Assembly church.
Campetti came to IUP after
working in the private archaeology sector for a number of years. While a
student, she was a graduate assistant in the department and served on the
department’s Ethics Bowl team in 2014 and as captain in 2015. In 2014 she also was
invited to attend the National Park Service’s Park Break Program. She won the
student poster award at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Archaeological Conference and was
a 2015 Graduate Scholars Forum award winner in the Social Media category.
In 2015 she received a $1,000
graduate scholarship from EnerGIS and a $2,500 grant from the National Park
Service’s Great Lakes Research and Education Center to support her thesis
research on Isle Royale National Park. She was also selected to serve on the
Society for American Archaeology’s task force on Employment Services.
Recipients of the 2016 University Senate Awards also will
be recognized. They are Dr. Mary
Beth Leidman, professor, Department of Communications Media, Distinguished
Faculty Award for Creative Arts; Dr. Bitna Kim, associate professor, Department
of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Distinguished Faculty Award for Research;
Dr. Joann Migyanka, professor, Department of Communications Disorders, Special
Education, and Disability Services, Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching;
Dr. David Lorenzi, associate professor, Department of Kinesiology, Health, and
Sport Science, Distinguished Faculty Award for Service; Dr. Raj Murthy, Eberly
College of Business and Information Technology and Dr. Michele Norwood, Office
of the Provost, co-recipients, Staff Service Award.
President Driscoll will preside over both commencement ceremonies. All students participating will be
recognized by name and congratulated on stage.
increased traffic on and around campus for Commencement, persons are asked to
arrive early for each ceremony to allow for adequate travel time from parking
areas to Kovalchick Complex. Designated parking lots near Kovalchick
Complex and across the IUP campus will be used for Commencement parking at no
charge. The majority of parking will be available off of Wayne Avenue or
Oakland Avenue. Parking attendants will direct drivers to available lots and
parking spaces in the area.
Complimentary shuttle bus service will be available from 8:00
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to provide transportation from the
public parking areas to Kovalchick Complex before the Commencement
ceremony, and from the facility back to the parking areas and around the IUP campus after the ceremony.
Shuttle Service “Route Shout” application is available
for downloading for real-time access
to the shuttle schedules.
service will be available throughout the day; a parking and shuttle map is
available on the Commencement website.
who require handicapped (ADA) accessible parking may park in the lot directly
in front of Kovalchick Complex or directly west of the facility; parking
attendants on-site will direct drivers to the available spaces in the area. A
disability parking placard is required to park in these areas; drivers are
asked to have this placard displayed when arriving on campus.
safety of IUP guests and to maintain traffic flow, stopping and drop-off is
prohibited along Pratt Drive. Limited accessibility drop-off is permitted in
the drive through circle directly in front of Kovalchick Complex. Persons
who have difficulty walking extended distances are asked to use the Indigo
shuttle service available in each primary parking lot.
about Commencement parking, persons should call the IUP Parking and Visitors
Services office at (724) 357-8748.
departments are holding individual commencement ceremonies. A complete list is
available on the IUP Commencement website.
A link to the live webcast of the
commencement ceremonies is also available on the Commencement website.