For Immediate Release: April 22, 2014
BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University will hold three undergraduate ceremonies for the first time this spring to accommodate more than 1,400 graduates and their guests. An alumnus will deliver each commencement address.
The ceremonies are planned for Saturday, May 10, on BU’s Academic Quadrangle. The first ceremony for 503 graduates of the College of Business and the College of Education will be held at 9 a.m. followed by commencement for 390 graduates of the College of Science and Technology at noon, and the ceremony for 516 graduates of the College of Liberal Arts at 3 p.m.
Commencement speakers for each ceremony are:
- 9 a.m. – Michael R. Gillespie ’95 is chief accounting officer of Hersha Hospitality Trust and treasurer of the BU Foundation Board of Directors. He was recognized as “CFO of the Year” by the Central Penn Business Journal in the category of growth specialist in 2011.
- Noon – Duane Greenly ’72 is vice chairman of the BU Foundation. He is a Bloomsburg native and a retired CEO and president of Ames True Temper Inc., the largest manufacturer of non-powered lawn and garden equipment in the world. His 30-year career also included positions with Morgan Manufacturing, Barry Controls, Newell Rubbermaid, Window Hardware, BF Goodrich and Milliken Textiles.
- 3 p.m. – John Wetzel ’98 is secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, where he manages and operates a department with over 16,000 employees that houses over 51,000 inmates and has a budget of over $2 billion. He also serves on BU’s Council of Trustees.
In case of inclement weather, undergraduate ceremonies will be held at Nelson Field House on upper campus. Admission will be by ticket only.
Degrees for 186 graduate students will be conferred during a ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9, in Mitrani Hall at Haas Center for the Arts.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.