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December 06, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU plans Dec. 14 commencement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - By mid-afternoon Dec. 14, following the University's annual fall semester commencement ceremony, there will be 480 new Slippery Rock University alumni.

The ceremony opens at 11 a.m. in Morrow Field House. Tickets are required and have been distributed to all graduate candidates.

Cheryl Norton, SRU president, will oversee the ceremonies and offer remarks. Wilma Cavil, the longest serving faculty member in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and an SRU assistant professor of safety management, will serve as grand marshal. Cavil joined the SRU faculty in 1958.

Cadets in SRU's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps will present the colors.

Robert Taylor, chair of the SRU Council of Trustees, will bring greetings from the council. Philip Way, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present the candidates for degrees, which will be conferred by Norton.

Don Huddart, a 1987 SRU graduate and treasurer of the SRU Alumni Association, will induct the new graduates as members of the association.

Music will be provided by the SRU Student Brass Quintet comprised of music majors Brian Croach from New Castle, Andrew Loose from Mechanicsburg, Natalie DelVecchio from Oakmont, Aaron Podorson from Crafton, and Preston Charlesworth from Chambersburg.

The "Star-Spangled Banner" and the SRU "Alma Mater" will be sung by the SRU men's Quartet, including music majors Albert Pagano from Nanty Glo, Craig Allison from Evans City, Eric Garber from Belle Vernon, and J. Patrick McGill from Washington, Pa.

A reception for graduates and their guests will follow in the GrasTex area of the field house.

Commencement rehearsal is at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 13, in the field house. Candidates must pick up their commencement tickets by 3 p.m. Dec. 9, in 201 Old Main.

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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.