Nearly 1,400 graduates receive diplomas

For Immediate Release:  April 28, 2016

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University held three undergraduate commencement ceremonies again this spring.

Nearly 1,400 graduates received diplomas during the ceremonies Saturday, May 7, on BU’s Academic Quadrangle. The first ceremony featured 302 graduates of the College of Business and 149 graduates from the College of Education. Commencement for the 350 graduates of the College of Science and Technology followed, with the final ceremony for the 403 graduates of the College of Liberal Arts capping the day.

Top honor graduates

Students who earned the highest grade-point average in each college were:

College of Business

  • Dustin Grymko, Wilkes-Barre, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting.

College of Education

  • Kristin Bernadette Epsaro, Bethlehem, Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle-Level Education (4-8) with an emphasis in mathematics.          
  • Dannielle Marie Rayhon, Roseto, dual Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education and English.
  • Nicole Lori Southcott, Downingtown, Bachelor of Science in Education in Special Education (PK-8) and Elementary Education (PK-4) with an emphasis in language arts.

College of Liberal Arts

  • Aaron Michael Brown, Hughesville, dual Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and Languages and Cultures.

College of Science and Technology

  • Bradlee Jayde Mix, Williamsport, Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in special education.

Undergraduate Commencement Speakers

  • Susan McDowell is a visionary partner and founding donor of BU’s McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support at Bloomsburg University. She was the founder, board president and director of the Susquehanna Valley House for Hope, a resident facility for at-risk teenagers. She also served on the state board of Pennsylvania Economics, Geisinger Advisory Board, and the national board of directors for the National House for Hope. She received the Adam Smith Award for community service from Pennsylvania Economics.
  • Maria Cannon is the vice president of channel marketing at TE Connectivity, as well as an adjunct professor at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Currently serving on Bloomsburg University’s Foundation Board of Directors and College of Business Advisory Board, she previously served as a vice president at Cisco, Dell and HP.
  • Marie Conley ’94, is a former BU Trustee and currently vice chairman of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors. She served as an adviser for senators and governors, including former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge. The founder of The Conley Cushing’s Disease Fund, which aims to raise research funding and awareness of the disease, she is the author of “A Cushing’s Collection.”

Degrees for 162 graduate students and 12 doctoral candidates were conferred during a graduate ceremony on Friday, May 6, 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.