Indiana University of Pennsylvania will hold commencement ceremonies for 2,426
graduates at ceremonies May 12 and 13 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic
Complex. Students graduating in both May and August are eligible to participate
in the ceremonies.
are three ceremonies: the graduate ceremony (for students receiving master’s
and doctoral degrees) is Friday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m.; and two undergraduate degree
ceremonies on Saturday, May 13, at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The first undergraduate ceremony, at 9 a.m. on May 13, will be for students from the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be for students from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, College of Education and Educational Technology, College of Fine Arts, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
were 1,831 applications for degrees for May graduation: 1,439 bachelor’s
degrees, 345 master’s degrees, 45 doctoral degrees, and two associate degrees.
Of the May bachelor’s degree applicants, 845 qualify for Latin honors with a
grade point average of 3.25 or above.
total number of May graduates by college is: 298
from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, 128 from the College of Education and
Educational Technology, 68 from the
College of Fine Arts, 553 from the
College of Health and Human Services, 198
from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 196 from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and 390 from the School of Graduate Studies and
A total of 595
applications for degrees were submitted by students eligible to graduate in August: 392 bachelor’s degrees, 153 master’s degrees, 49 doctoral degrees, and one associate
degree. Of the
bachelor’s degree applicants for August, 100
qualify for Latin Honors.
The breakdown of graduates by college is: 100 from the Eberly College of Business and
Information Technology, 55 from the
College of Education and Educational Technology, six from the College of Fine Arts, 175
from the College of Health and Human Services, 34
from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 23 from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and 202 from the School of Graduate Studies and
President Michael Driscoll will preside over the commencement ceremonies. Alumni
from the class of 1967 will lead the procession of graduates for the morning
this year, all students participating in May commencement ceremonies will be
recognized by name and congratulated on stage.
total of 42 undergraduates with perfect 4.0 grade point averages will also be
recognized at the ceremonies.
student speaker for the graduate ceremony is Terrance Hudson, a student in the
Administration and Leadership Studies doctoral program from Cleveland. Hudson,
son of Joyce Hudson of Euclid, Ohio, and Lamar Hall of South Euclid, Ohio, is a
2000 graduate of Glenville High School. While at IUP, he received the Clayton
Meal Supervisors Award and won the 2017 Three Minute Thesis Peer Choice Award
at the 2017 Graduate Scholars Forum. He is part of the “Ever Consider
Teaching?” project and was president of the Graduate Student Assembly, a member of
the Creating Higher Standards Mentoring Program, and a volunteer strength
and conditioning coach for the IUP women’s lacrosse team.
student speaker for the undergraduate morning ceremony is Abigail Hallmark,
a food and nutrition major from Erie. The daughter of Anna Mezzacapo and the
late Ryan Hallmark and stepdaughter of Mario Mezzacapo, she is a 2013 graduate
of Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy. She is a dean’s list student and
provost scholar, won the Dean’s Award at the Undergraduate Scholars Forum, and
is the recipient of the Culinary Leadership Award.
is a member of the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics, a Food
and Nutrition Student Ambassador, and a Culinary Student Ambassador. She was chairperson
for the Nutrition and Dietetics Mentee and Mentor Program and served as a teaching
assistant for the Food and Nutrition Department’s Foods Laboratory course. She
participated in IUP’s Into the Streets day of service and the Treasures for Children
community service project and has done service in Punxsutawney and in her
hometown. As part of her academic studies, she completed internships at both UPMC
Hamot Hospital and at the Biltmore Estate. She has worked at the Rustic Lodge,
in Indiana, and at Nunzi’s Restaurant, in Erie.
student speaker for the afternoon ceremony is Logan Feronti, a marketing
major from Ridgway in the Cook Honors College. The daughter of Donna Feronti
and Joel Feronti, she is a 2013 graduate of Ridgway Area High School. She is
graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She was selected for the
Eberly Student Gallery, which showcases outstanding seniors in the Eberly College
who participate and excel in extracurricular activities and academics.
placed second in the American Marketing Association Collegiate Marketing Plan
Competition and was a Small Business Institute consultant for the Jimmy Stewart
Airport and a marketing assistant for the Apartment Store. She was a box office
sales associate for the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, an
office assistant in the Eberly Undergraduate Student Services Office, and a
tutor for a business statistics course.
is the recipient of several scholarships, including the Dean’s Merit
Scholarship for the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, the
Board of Governors Cook Honors College Scholarship, the Sutton Scholarship, the
AT&T Communications Scholarship, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts
Hospitality Scholarship, the Pittsburgh Foundation Scholarship, and IUP-APSCUF
worked as a note taker for students with disabilities, performed the National Anthem
for several university events, performed in the IUP Theater by the Grove’s
spring musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and sang at
nursing homes during the holiday season. She was a member of Dance Explosion university
dance team and was an event coordinator for IUP’s Six O’Clock Series lecture
Recipients of the 2017 University Senate Awards will be
recognized. They are: Stanley
Chepaitis, professor, Department of Music, Distinguished Faculty Award for
Creative Arts; Lisa Price, professor, Department of Communications
Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services, Distinguished Faculty
Award for Teaching; Todd Thompson, associate professor, Department of English,
Distinguished Faculty Award for Research; and Justin Fair, associate professor,
Department of Chemistry, Distinguished Faculty Award for Service.
Tickets are required
for those attending each undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 13. Every person, including children over
the age of two, must present a ticket,
showing the correct event and time, to enter the Kovalchick Complex. Each graduate who RSVP'd had the option to claim up to four tickets. One additional ticket was available through a lottery. On Wednesday, May 10, graduates still wishing to obtain more tickets for their guests may claim up to two additional tickets. The deadline to claim either the first round of tickets or your lottery tickets is Thursday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are not
required for those attending the graduate commencement ceremony on May
12, but it may not be possible to grant access to late arrivals due to venue
capacity. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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 the Kovalchick Complex. Designated parking lots near the 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 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on May 12 and from
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 13 to provide transportation from the
public parking areas to the Kovalchick Complex before the commencement
ceremonies, 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.
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 the 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 the 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.
Details about live webcasts of the
commencement ceremonies are also available on the website.