Undergraduate commencement in the Quad

For immediate release: April 27, 2010

BLOOMSBURG—A total of 1,197 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania seniors will receive bachelor’s degrees in two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, in the Academic Quadrangle.

Students from the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts will graduate at 9:30 a.m. and the students from the College of Business and the College of Science and Technology will graduate at 2:30 p.m. All guests are welcome to attend. In case of rain, commencement will be held in Nelson Field House and admission will be limited to ticket holders only.

U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski will be the speaker for morning ceremony and state Sen. John R. Gordner will speak during afternoon commencement. Kanjorski was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District in 1984. He represents five counties in northeastern Pennsylvania and is the chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises. Gordner was first elected to the state Senate in a special election in November 2003. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2008 to represent the 27th Senatorial District, which includes all of Columbia, Northumberland, Montour and Snyder counties and part of Luzerne and Dauphin counties.

The students who earned the highest grade point average in each college, known as top honor graduates, will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies.

The graduates, their hometowns and majors are:

  • College of Education (three-way tie): Mara Camille Diehl, Danville, elementary education; Lisa Marie Frantz, Minersville, elementary education; and Celeste C. Straub, Bloomsburg, secondary education/citizenship
  • College of Liberal Arts: Jessalyn Klein, Honesdale, psychology
  • College of Business (tie): Karen J. Payne, Berwick, accounting; and Senahid Zahirovic, Elizabethville, accounting
  • College of Science and Technology: Kristi Lee Sekulski, Douglassville, speech pathology and audiology

Seven doctor of audiology degrees and 173 master’s degrees will be conferred during graduate commencement Friday, May 7, at 6 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.