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Spring Commencement Speakers Announced

With a little more than a month to go until caps and gowns overtake campus for graduation weekend, Penn State officially announced the speakers for this semester’s commencement ceremonies.

At the culmination of the semester, 13,301 students throughout the commonwealth are expected to receive some form of a degree, be it baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral, among others. The following individuals will speak at each University Park commencement ceremony:

College of Agriculture: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at the Bryce Jordan Center
No speaker currently scheduled

College of Arts and Architecture: 12 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at Eisenhower Auditorium
Beverly J. McIver, ’92 MFA, currently a professor of art at North Carolina Central University

College of Communications: 12 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Bryce Jordan Center
Linda Yaccarino, ’85, president of advertising sales for NBC Universal

College of Earth and Mineral Science: 8 p.m. Friday, May 9 at Eisenhower Auditorium
Eva J. Pell, former undersecretary for science for the Smithsonian Institution 

College of Education: 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at the Bryce Jordan Center
Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director for Education and Human Resources for the National Science Foundation

College of Engineering: 8 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the Bryce Jordan Center
Jacqueline Hinman, CEO of CH2M HILL

College of Health and Human Development: 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Bryce Jordan Center
Neil Sharkey, Ph.D., interim vice president for research and professor of kinesiology at Penn State

College of Information Sciences and Technology: 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at Eisenhower Auditorium
Paul D. Bell, operating partner at Lead Edge Capital

College of the Liberal Arts: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Bryce Jordan Center
Laura Brown, ’14, student marshal for the College of the Liberal Arts

College of Nursing: 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at Eisenhower Auditorium
Gail E. Latimer, ’83, vice president and chief nursing officer for Siemens Healthcare

Dickinson School of Law: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at Eisenhower Auditorium
R. Seth Williams, ’89, City of Philadelphia District Attorney

Eberly College of Science: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Bryce Jordan Center
Paul H. Lerou, M.D. ’96, assistant professor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and neonatologist and research scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. 

Graduate School: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at the Bryce Jordan Center
Amr S. Elnashai, dean of the College of Engineering

Schreyer Honors College Medals Ceremony: 5 p.m. Friday, May 9 at Eisenhower Auditorium

Smeal College of Business: 9 a.m. Sunday, May 11 at the Bryce Jordan Center
Lou Grabowsky, ’73, chief operating officer of Grant Thornton LLP

For more information on University Park commencements and other ceremonies at campuses around the Commonwealth, visit Penn State News.

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