Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s winter commencement
ceremonies will take place Saturday, December 17.
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.
Students completing degrees in December and
January are invited to participate in the December commencement ceremonies. Students
receiving a total of 752 degrees are eligible for the ceremony. Of this number,
533 are bachelor’s degrees, 173 are master’s degrees, and 46 are doctoral
A total of 212 of the undergraduate
degree recipients are graduating with Latin honors (3.25 cumulative grade-point
average or above).
The total number of graduates by college is: 139 from the Eberly College of Business and
Information Technology; 59 from the
College of Education and Educational Technology; 28 from the College of Fine Arts; 184
from the College of Health and Human Services; 47
from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; 72 from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and 219 from the School of Graduate Studies and
Nicole Fidler, from Orwigsburg, graduating with a
bachelor’s degree in political science, will be the student speaker for the
undergraduate ceremony. Fidler, daughter of Tracey and Al Fidler, and a 2013
graduate of Blue Mountain High School, was one of 12 students in the commonwealth
to complete the Harrisburg Internship Semester, coordinated by the Pennsylvania
State System of Higher Education. She worked in the office of Speaker of the
House Mike Turzai.
Erin Guydish, of Shickshinny, who is graduating
with a doctorate in philosophy in English, Literature and Criticism, will be
the graduate ceremony student speaker. Guydish is the daughter of Bette and
Kenneth Ritchotte and Raymond Guydish. She is a 2006 graduate of Northwest
Junior-Senior High School. She was recognized at IUP with an award for
outstanding scholarship, is former president of the English Graduate
Organization, is a Safe Zone member, and volunteers at the IUP Kathleen Jones
White Writing Center.
A total of seven students will be recognized at
the ceremony for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
David Downing, professor of English and IUP’s
2016–17 Distinguished University Professor, will serve as the keynote speaker
for both 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 his tenure as Distinguished University Professor, Downing plans to
work on two primary scholarly projects: he will design, produce, and implement
an interactive, multimedia website to serve as a companion to his most recent
book, Just Theory: An Alternative History
of the Western Tradition, and he will work on completing his next book, University Uprising: A Diorama of Social
Crises in Higher Education, 1798–2018.
Both ceremonies included
greetings from the Alumni Association President John Ninosky, a 1993 IUP graduate.
More information about the commencement ceremonies is available on the Commencement website.