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Dec. 7, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

Norton marks first commencement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 560 Slippery Rock University students will become graduates Dec. 15 when Cheryl Norton conducts here first commencement ceremony as president.

The 11 a.m. ceremony is in Morrow Field House. Tickets have been distributed to all graduating seniors and will be required for admission.

A rehearsal is planned for 1:30 p.m., Dec. 14, in the field house.

Norton, who was selected to lead SRU by the board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, was inaugurated Sept. 28. She will deliver remarks and confer the master's and bachelor's degrees as part of the program.

William Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present the candidates for their degrees. Each student's name will be called as they cross the platform to receive their diploma.

Lt. Col. Joseph Alessi, professor of military science and head of SRU's Army ROTC program, will lead the oath of office for the commissioning of three SRU students and one Clarion University graduate as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. ROTC cadets will also present the flags to open the ceremony. ROTC will also host a separate ceremony at 8 a.m., Dec. 15, in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

John Hicks, professor emeritus of education and vice chairperson of the SRU Council of Trustees, will bring greetings from the council. Graduates will be inducted into the SRU Alumni Association.

The SRU Faculty Brass Quintet, directed by Stephen Hawk, professor of music, and the SRU Men's Quartet, including music majors A.J. Pagano from Nanty Glo, Kevin Adamik from Tarentum, Eric Garber from Belle Vernon and J. Patrick McGill from Washington will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the "SRU Alma Mater."

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.