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Commencement Celebrates Completion of 886 Degrees, Presents Honorary Doctorate to Alumnus

More than 880 students are eligible to participate in the university’s commencement ceremonies on December 20.

The graduate ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium. Mariah Passarelli, a Criminology master’s degree graduate and deputy attorney general in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, will present remarks at the graduate ceremony.

At the undergraduate ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Field House, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education and IUP graduate Gerald Zahorchak (M.Ed. 1988) will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and will present remarks.

Each graduate will be recognized by name during the ceremony and will be given a diploma cover unique to the university commencement ceremony, an initiative begun in May 2008 by President Tony Atwater.

Of the graduates eligible to participate in commencement, 508 will receive bachelor’s degrees, 313 will have earned master’s degrees, and fifty-seven will have completed requirements for doctoral degrees. Eight associate degrees will be conferred.

Of the bachelor’s degree applicants, 186 qualify for Latin Honors (3.25 or above cumulative grade point average). 

The total number of graduates by college are 93 from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, 56 from the College of Education and Educational Technology, 44 from the College of Fine Arts, 180 from the College of Health and Human Services, 87 from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 56 from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and 370 from the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Zahorchak was nominated by Governor Rendell to serve as Secretary of Education in 2005 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2006.

Prior to his nomination, Zahorchak served as deputy secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education and was responsible for the education of more than 1.8 million school children in the commonwealth.