Fall commencement to celebrate nearly 500 graduates

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University will celebrate the graduation of nearly 500 students next month with 69 graduate students and 430 undergraduate students receiving diplomas during three ceremonies in Mitrani Hall, Haas Center of the Arts.

Graduate commencement will take place on Friday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. Undergraduate commencement will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. for the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and at 2:30 p.m. for the Zeigler College of Business and College of Science and Technology.

Top Honor Graduates

Top honor graduates will be recognized for having earned the highest grade-point average in their college.

  • Jennifer L. Pehowic, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in accounting, Zeigler College of Business
  • Carissa Rachelle Jones, Bachelor of Science in Education in secondary education – citizenship, College of Education
  • Carissa Rachelle Jones, Bachelor of Arts in history and political science, College of Liberal Arts
  • Autumn Lynne Helfrich, Bachelor of Science in environmental, geographical and geological sciences - professional geology, College of Science and Technology

Undergraduate Commencement Speakers

Molly Marnella, Ed.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, will speak at the morning ceremony. Marnella has co-presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference, Drexel University’s Teaching and Learning Assessment, PASSHE Student Affairs Conference, and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Her presentations focus on general education and co-curricular learning experiences.

Loren F. Selznick, J.D., associate professor of business law and chair of the Department of Accounting, will speak at the afternoon ceremony. Selznick came to BU after a career as an attorney primarily in New York City. She represented corporations and individuals in state and federal courts for over thirty years in reinsurance, environmental, accounting, director liability, actuarial, employment discrimination, banking, broadcasting, franchise, health care, false arrest, and real estate litigation. She was admitted to the bar in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Third Circuits, and the states of Pennsylvania, New York, and California.

No tickets are required to attend the graduate ceremony, but are required for Saturday’s undergraduate ceremonies.