Spring commencement set for this weekend

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University will hold three undergraduate commencement ceremonies this spring.

Nearly 1,500 graduates will receive diplomas during the ceremonies Saturday, May 13, on BU’s Academic Quadrangle. The first ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. for the 373 graduates of the Zeigler College of Business and 150 graduates from the College of Education. Commencement for the 459 graduates of the College of Science and Technology will be held at 12:00 p.m., with the final ceremony for the 553 graduates of the College of Liberal Arts beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The students who earned the highest grade-point average in each college will be recognized. The top honor graduates are:

College of Education
  • Lauren Danielle Frick Mercersburg, Bachelor of Science in education in special education (PK-8)/elementary education (PK-4) with an emphasis in language and fine arts.
College of Liberal Arts
  • Nadine De Jesus, Allentown, Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with an emphasis in telecommunications.
  • Katlyn Marie Rowe, Pen Argyl, Bachelor of Arts in psychology, minor in anthropology.
  • Jessa Wood, Orangeville, Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and Bachelor of Arts in political science and minor in Spanish.
College of Science and Technology
  • Alexandra Smith, Bloomsburg, Bachelor of Science in nursing.
Zeigler College of Business
  • Caleb Jackson, Enola, Bachelor of Science in business administration in accounting and Bachelor of Science in business administration in finance.
  • Kristen Odor, Alburtis, Bachelor of Science in business administration in accounting.

The undergraduate commencement speakers are:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Mr. Frank T. Brogan, Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Brogan, became the fourth chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on October 1, 2013. A lifelong educator, Mr. Brogan previously served as chancellor of the State University System of Florida, was president of Florida Atlantic University and twice elected lieutenant governor of the state of Florida. As the State System’s chancellor, Mr. Brogan serves as the chief executive officer, of the 14 universities with a combined enrollment of more than 100,000 students. He works with the Board of Governors to recommend and develop overall policies for the system.
  • 12 p.m.: Cole Camplese, ’96 M.S, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and associate vice president at the University of Chicago, oversees campus-wide information technology decisions and guides the strategic use of technology at one of the nation’s most elite research universities. Before joining the University of Chicago, Camplese served as vice president for information technology and CIO at Stony Brook University. He went to Stony Brook after 15 years at Penn State University where he was senior director for teaching and learning with technology.
  • 3:30 p.m.: Cynthia Shapira, Chair of the Board of Governors, is president of the Shapira Foundation and a community activist. She serves as chair of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. She is a trustee of Brandeis University and board member of the Allegheny County Airport Authority and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Ms. Shapira is vice chair of the Jewish Federations of North America and chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Federation.

In the case of inclement weather, all undergraduate ceremonies will be held at Nelson Field House on upper campus. Degrees for 164 graduate students and eight doctoral candidates will be conferred during a ceremony on Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.