SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 6,000 family members and guests are expected to attend Slippery Rock University's two May 10 commencement ceremonies in Morrow Field House when nearly 1,625 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral diplomas will be awarded.
Tickets, which have been distributed to all graduating seniors, are required for admission to either ceremony. The events will be live-streamed from www.sru.edu. Overflow seating with large-screen viewing will be available in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center and the Advanced Technology and Science Hall with no tickets required.
The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will see nearly 865 diplomas presented to those graduating from the University's graduate programs, including 50 students who will receive the doctor of physical therapy degree, along with 120 graduates from the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, and 520 graduates from the College of Health, Environment and Science.
Tom Sparrow, an SRU philosophy instructor and this year's recipient of the President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement, will be the speaker.
The 2 p.m. ceremony will see 760 diplomas awarded, including 525 to graduates from the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences, and 235 to graduates from the College of Education.
Bruce Orvis, associate professor in SRU's School of Business and this year's recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, will be the speaker.
Both Sparrow and Orvis were honored at SRU's annual Academic Honors Convocation.
Cheryl Norton, SRU president, will preside and offer opening remarks at both ceremonies.
Wilma Cavil, assistant professor of health and safety management and senior member of the University faculty, will serve as grand marshal.
Robert Taylor, chairperson of the SRU Council of Trustees and a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors, will bring greetings on behalf of the trustees. Philip Way, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present the candidates for their degrees, which will be awarded by Norton on behalf of the University.
Lt. Col. Joseph Alessi, professor of military science and director of SRU's Army ROTC Program, will present SRU's newest second lieutenants who are to be commissioned at a 5 p.m., May 9, ceremony in the Smith Student Center.
Ben Addison, past president of the SRU Alumni Association, will provide welcome remarks to the newest members of the alumni community.
The SRU Student Brass Quintet, including Andrew Loose from Mechanicsburg and Rob Kaup from Pittsburgh, both on trumpet; Christina Eisenreich from Pittsburgh on horn; Kenny Farinelli from Cranberry Township on trombone; and Mike Zech from Pittsburgh on tuba, will provide both processional and recessional music at the ceremony.
The SRU Student Quartet, including A.J. Pagano and Joshua Duman, both from Nanty Glo, as tenors, and Eric Garber from Belle Vernon and J. Patrick McGill from Washington, Pa., both basses, will sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the "SRU Alma Mater."
A color guard of SRU Army ROTC cadets will present the flags.
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.