More than 450 students to graduate this winter

For immediate release: Dec. 9, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — A total of 480 students will receive bachelor's or master's degrees during Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's winter commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18 and 19, in Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts.

Seventy-one students will receive master's degrees during graduate commencement Friday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. and 409 bachelor's degrees will be conferred during two undergraduate commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 19. Commencement for students who graduate from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology will take place at 10 a.m., with commencement for students in the College of Business and the College of Education set for 2:30 p.m.

Emeric Schultz, faculty emeritus from the chemistry department, will be the undergraduate commencement speaker for the morning ceremony. Schultz, a native of Wisconsin, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctoral degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Schultz came to Bloomsburg in 1983, where he taught chemistry and biochemistry and directed the University Honors Program. He retired in fall 2008 but continues to pursue scholarly activity in chemical and biochemical education. His recent submission will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Chemical Education, and he has nearly completed a high school/college general chemistry textbook.

Darrin Kass, an assistant professor in the College of Business, will speak at the afternoon undergraduate commencement ceremony. Kass, a native of San Diego, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Davis and completed a doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Akron.

A faculty member in Bloomsburg's management department since 2002, Kass teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership and human resource management. In 2005, he was recognized by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal as an outstanding educator.

Also during the undergraduate ceremonies, the top honor graduates from each college will be recognized. They are: Jessica L. Rega, an elementary education major from Nesquehoning, College of Education; Charles M. "Mason" Neiman, a philosophy and English double-major from Milton, College of Liberal Arts; Alyssa L. Keefe, a management and marketing double-major from Wyalusing, College of Business; and Jesse J. Childress, a mathematics major from Meshoppen, College of Science and Technology.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.