Bloomsburg University commencement ceremonies to celebrate more than 500 graduates

For Immediate Release

Date: December 5, 2019

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications

Bloomsburg University commencement ceremonies to celebrate more than 500 graduates

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will celebrate the graduation of more than 500 students with 85 graduate students and 450 undergraduate students during three ceremonies in the Haas Center of the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Graduate commencement will take place on Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. Undergraduate commencement will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. for the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and at 3 p.m. for the Zeigler College of Business and College of Science and Technology.

To help provide a safer environment for students, family members, and guests and to expedite entry into facilities during large events, Bloomsburg University has implemented guidelines that limit the size and type of bag that is allowed into its facilities. 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. 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.

Top Honor Graduates

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

  • Kathryn Rose Spirk, Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and a second major in psychology, College of Liberal Arts.
  • Taylor Cecelia Bozza, Bachelor of Science in biology with a sub-plan in pre-medical science, College of Science and Technology
  • Derek Grant Swartzentruber, Bachelor of Science in business administration in accounting, Zeigler College of Business
  • Danielle Ileana Ghingold, Bachelor of Science in education in early childhood (Pk-4), College of Education

Undergraduate Commencement Speakers

Shavonne Renee Shorter, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, will speak at the morning ceremony. Shorter is a native of Maryland where she received her Bachelor of Arts in communication studies at Frostburg State University. She went on to receive her Masters of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in communication from Purdue University in Indiana.  Shorter’s area of study is organizational communication where she works to prepare students for life at the organizations they will work in post-graduation. The classes she frequently teaches include Small Group Communication, Communication for Business Professionals, and Nonprofit Communication. Her research examines how diversity—or the lack of it—sends specific messages to audiences both internal and external to organizations. She enjoys publishing work that will help to increase the number of minority professors in higher education and that critiques stereotypical media representations of black individuals.

Jennifer Venditti is an associate professor in the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences. Additionally, she is the department’s Allied Health Coordinator and Director for the Health Sciences Learning Community. From 2016 to 2018, Venditti served as assistant dean for the College of Science and Technology. Venditti joined Bloomsburg University in August 2010. She teaches a variety of courses, including human biology, health sciences seminar, introduction to health care practice, health care practicum, and laboratories in anatomy and physiology and cell biology. Venditti is a co-advisor for the Biology and Allied Health Sciences Club. This club actively engages the community in science by hosting “Grossology Workshops” at the local children’s museum each semester.

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