BU to Hold 150th Commencement Ceremony; Top Honor Graduates Named

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University will hold its 150th commencement undergraduate ceremonies on Saturday, May 11. The graduate school commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts.

A total of 1,550 undergraduates will receive diplomas during the ceremonies at BU’s Redman Stadium on the school’s Upper Campus. A clear bag policy is in effect for all the ceremonies.

The first undergraduate ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. for the 560 graduates of the College of Liberal Arts and the 140 graduates in the College of Education. Daniel Greenstein, D.Phil., chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) will address the graduates.

The second commencement ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. for the 471 graduates of the College of Science and Technology and the 379 graduates of the Zeigler College of Business. Michael Boguski ‘85, CPCU, a director and president of Eastern Alliance and its operating subsidiaries will address the graduates.


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

College of Education

  • Nancy Marie Zola, Sugarloaf, Bachelor of Science in education in secondary education with an emphasis in English.

College of Liberal Arts

  • Joshua Lloyd, Muncy, Bachelor of Arts in languages and culture (Spanish); Bachelor of Arts, communication studies.

College of Science and Technology

  • Erin Elizabeth Riley, Birdsboro, Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and audiology.
  • Natalie Grace Smetana, Milford, Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and audiology.
  • Andrew Scott Cross, Benton, Bachelor of Science in biology.
  • Mitchell Alexander Kile, Millville, Bachelor of Science in electronics engineering technology.

Zeigler College of Business

  • Jillian Elizabeth Oley, Elysburg, Bachelor of Science in business administration/management.
  • Matthew Curtis Swales, Muncy, Bachelor of Science in accounting.


BU will award an honorary doctor of humane letters to Steph Pettit ’89 at the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony. Pettit graduated with a degree in mass communications and was a four-year member of the Huskies football team. He was part of the 1985 Huskies football team that won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title and was the first team in school history to win 12 games. 

After graduation, he was a sales manager for E & J Gallo Winery before taking ownership of Clean Earth Systems, Inc. in 1993. The company began as a small, corrugated box company, and has since grown into a nationwide distributor of hazardous waste containers with 15 warehouses and sales teams in each. Clean Earth Systems’ innovations has reinvented hazardous waste storage while maximizing efficiency, through cost-effective, sensible, and environmentally-responsible hazardous material transportation, and disposal.


The clear bag guidelines limit the size and type of bags that can be brought into the venues. These guidelines do not change the items individuals may bring, but restricts the type of bag used to carry items. Small clutches and wallets are permissible per the guidelines outlined below. Larger bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and cannot exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Clear one-gallon plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar) are also permitted.


Due to the installation of a new pedestrian footbridge over Lightstreet Road, PA-Route 487, a detour will be in effect for those traveling from the south to campus via Route 11 (Main Street). There will be two ways to reach the Upper Campus.

  • The first has traffic turning right at the light by the Town Hall, remaining on Route 11, heading along the river several miles and then turning left onto Central Road and continuing to the intersection of Central Road and PA-487 adjacent to I-80. Turn left onto Route 487 at the intersection with Central Road and proceed approximately two miles to the campus entrance.
  • The second route is to follow East 2nd Street to Penn Street. Turn right on Penn and then left back onto East 2nd Street. Follow East 2nd Street to Chesnut and turn left. Then right on Swisher Circle to the light. Follow Country Club Road to Upper Campus. Redman Stadium is located on the Upper Campus.

Commencement is a rain or shine event. If the weather is a concern, the university may decide to delay the ceremonies or move them to Sunday, May 12.