Quad to host spring commencement

For Immediate Release:  April 24, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — For the second year in a row, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will hold three undergraduate ceremonies in order to accommodate over 1,200 graduates and their guests. Three alumni will deliver the commencement addresses.

The ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 9, on BU’s Academic Quadrangle. The first ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. for the 403 graduates of the College of Business and the College of Education. Commencement for the 389 graduates of the College of Science and Technology will be held at noon, and the final ceremony for the 440 graduates of the College of Liberal Arts will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Top Honor Graduates

  • College of Business: Gregory Harvey, Benton, bachelor of science in business administration/finance with a concentration in personal financial planning and a minor in accounting.
  • College of Education: Rita Marie Pecora, Sugarloaf, bachelor of science in education in early childhood (PK-4) and a minor in education technology.
  • College of Science and Technology: Robert L. Riley, Danville, bachelor of science in health physics.
  • College of Liberal Arts: Rhett C. Baker, Etters, bachelor of arts in history and a secondary education certification in citizenship; Mary Margaret Campbell McCauley, Mount Carmel, dual bachelor of arts in criminal justice and psychology with a concentration in family, children and youth; Kelsey L. Lerman, Langhorne, bachelor of arts in languages and cultures: French and a music education certification K-12; and Bryan Matthew Savini, Langhorne, bachelor of arts in criminal justice with minors in psychology and communication studies.

Commencement Speakers

  • 8:30 a.m. – Terry Zeigler ’76, founder and CEO of Datacap Systems Inc. For the past 31 years, his company has been a pioneer in developing integrated electronic payments systems that are installed by thousands of North American merchants. He and his wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler ’77, recently founded the Zeigler Family Foundation to provide financial literacy education to junior high students.
  • Noon – Dr. Tracey Dechert ’88, assistant professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. Dechert was among a team of physicians who treated the injured and fielded reporters’ questions after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. She is also an attending surgeon in the Section of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery at Boston Medical Center.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Rebecca Campbell ’83, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group since 2010. She is responsible for the company’s eight TV stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno. She also oversees ABC National Television Sales and the hit series “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

In the case of inclement weather, all undergraduate ceremonies will be held at Nelson Field House on upper campus.

Degrees for 113 graduate students and seven doctoral students will be conferred during a ceremony on Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

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