More than 550 to receive BU degrees

For Immediate Release:  Dec. 3, 2012

Bloomsburg University Winter Commencement

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University will confer degrees to more than 550 students on Dec. 13 and 14.

Seventy-three graduate students, including seven doctoral candidates, and 486 undergraduate students will receive diplomas during three ceremonies. Graduate commencement will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m.

The morning for the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. and the afternoon ceremony for the College of Business and the College of Science and Technology will be held at 2:30 p.m. All ceremonies will be held in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Top honor graduates, the students in each College who have earned the highest grade-point average, are:

  • Christy Roberson, Danville, business administration major with dual degrees in accounting and finance, College of Business
  • Brooke Simonovich, East Stroudsburg, early childhood education major, and Heather Hamilton, Horsham, American Sign Language/English interpreting major, both College of Education
  • Timothy Dorsch, Schwenksville, double major in German and secondary education/history, College of Liberal Arts
  • Gabriel Barrile, Bloomsburg, environmental biology major, College of Science and Technology.

The undergraduate commencement speakers are two BU faculty members. Marion G. Mason, professor of psychology, will speak at the morning ceremony. Mason, who holds a doctorate in developmental psychology, has been a BU faculty member since 1992 and is the president of the BU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

Mark A. Tapsak, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will speak at the afternoon ceremony. Tapsak has a doctorate in polymer chemistry and worked for nine years in the biotech industry prior to joining BU’s faculty 10 years ago. He holds 36 U.S. patents and has published 19 papers, most of which are related to medical devices and biomaterials.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania 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.