More than 550 to receive degrees

For Immediate Release:  December 13, 2016

BLOOMSBURG— More than 550 students will earn degrees from Bloomsburg University at the fall commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17, in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

On Saturday, 269 students will receive their diplomas from the College of Education and College of Liberal Arts during a ceremony at 10 a.m., and 225 students will graduate from the Zeigler College of Business and the College of Science and Technology in a 2:30 p.m. ceremony.

Impending winter storm — Regardless of the weather on Saturday, Dec. 17, the ceremonies will proceed at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For those concerned about potential traveling conditions a live webstream will be provided to watch each ceremony. The webstream will be functioning 10 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Top Honor Graduates

Students who earned the highest grade point average in their college are recognized during both ceremonies. The top students are:

  • College of Liberal Arts — Thomas Matthew Smallets, economics
  • College of Education — Courtney Jo Hollenbach, early childhood education PK-4
  • Zeigler College of Business —  Thomas Joseph Kleinhans, accounting
  • College of Science and Technology — Joshua William Smith, exercise science

Traditionally, BU faculty deliver the commencement address at the fall ceremonies. Timothy Knoster, professor of exceptionalities, will speak at the morning ceremony, and M. Ruhul Amin, professor of management and international business, will deliver the afternoon address.

On Friday, 83 graduate students will receive their master’s or doctoral degrees during a 6 p.m. ceremony.

All ceremonies will be streamed live at .

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.