More than 600 students to receive diplomas

For Immediate Release: Dec. 5, 2014

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University will celebrate the graduation of 665 graduate and undergraduate students on Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13.

Eighty-three graduate students and 582 undergraduate students will receive diplomas during three ceremonies. Graduate commencement will take place on Friday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. Undergraduate commencement will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. for the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and at 2:30 p.m. for the College of Business and College of Science and Technology. All ceremonies will take place in Mitrani Hall, Haas Center of the Arts.

Four top honor graduates will be recognized for having earned the highest grade-point average in their College. These students are:

  • Nina J. Bensinger, New Ringgold, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in marketing, College of Business
  • Kristian Theresa Diore, Dumont, N.J., Bachelor of Science in Education in Special Education PK-8/Elementary Education PK-4 with a concentration in education of the deaf/hard of hearing, College of Education
  • Ann Marie Major, Williamsport, Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication: telecommunications, College of Liberal Arts
  • Matthew T. Hess, Bloomsburg, Bachelor of Science in Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Science: geography and planning, College of Science and Technology. 

Two BU faculty members will speak at the undergraduate commencement ceremonies. Craig A. Young, associate professor of teaching and learning, will speak at the morning ceremony. Young is the chair of the LGBTQA Commission at BU. He is a delegate to the legislative assembly of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties and received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity in 2014.

Kuo-Hao “Howard” Lee, assistant professor of finance, will speak at the afternoon ceremony. Lee serves as the coordinator of BU’s Personal Finance Career Concentration. He received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity in 2013.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.