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May 01, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU graduates largest class ever

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Nearly 1,600 Slippery Rock University seniors, graduate students and doctoral candidates will line up May 12 in two ceremonies to form the University largest graduation class ever.

The spring semester graduation ceremonies will be in Morrow Field House. Seating is limited and tickets have been distributed to graduating seniors. Overflow seating, with a live Web feed of the ceremonies, will be available in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

The 10:30 a.m. ceremony is for doctor of physical therapy students, master’s degree recipients from all colleges, and undergraduates from the College of Health, Environment and Science and the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts.

The 2 p.m., ceremony is for those graduating from the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences and the College of Education.

Charles Curry, acting president and vice president for finance and administration, will preside and offer remarks. Wilma Cavill, University grand marshal and the longest-serving faculty member at SRU, will open and close the proceedings.

Joshua Young, chair of the SRU council of trustees, will bring greetings on behalf of the council.

“We are proud that our graduation rate has continued to improve, thus leading to larger numbers of students receiving diplomas at commencement,” said William Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs who will present the graduates for their degrees.

In addition to 1,350 undergraduate degrees, the University will award nearly 50 doctor of physical therapy degrees and nearly 200 master’s degrees.

Three graduating seniors will be commissioned into the U.S. Army by Lt. Col. Patrick Callahan, professor of military science in SRU’s ROTC program, as part of the ceremony.

They are:

Thomas Foster, a criminology and criminal justice major from Volant, who will be assigned to the West Virginia Army National Guard armor branch at Ft. Benning, Ga. His first duty station will be with an armored reconnaissance squadron;

Christopher Debold, a safety management major from Bethel Park, who will be assigned to the Pennsylvania National Guard field artillery, with first duty station with the 1-107th A Battery in Hermitage; and

Shannon Marie Redfoot, a psychology major from Fairview, who will be commissioned to the Army signal corp. She will report to the officer basic training course at Ft Gordon, Ga., in September. Her first duty station will be at Ft. Hood, Texas.

A separate public ceremony that will include pinning of the cadet’s second lieutenant bars will follow at 4 p.m. in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

Kimberly Hudak Jones, a 1996 SRU graduate and president of the SRU Alumni Association, will induct the new graduates as members of the alumni association.

Music for the event will be provided by the SRU Faculty Brass Quintet and the SRU Men’s Quartet, including music majors Zachary Thompson from Boswell, Kevin Adamik from Tarentum, Eric Garber from Belle Vernon, and Patrick McGill from Washington.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.