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 SRU expects 500 graduates at fall commencement Dec. 19 



December 8, 2009

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU expects 500 graduates at fall commencement    


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will present 500 diplomas at its fall semester commencement exercise planned for 11 a.m. Dec. 19 in Morrow Field House.

           The University will award 91 master's degrees and 409 undergraduate diplomas. 

           SRU's College of Education has the highest number of graduates, with 149; followed by the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences, 139; the College of Health, Environment and Science, 86; and the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, 35.

           Tickets are required. All candidates have been issued four admission tickets for distribution to family and friends. Any remaining tickets will be available in Room 122 of Bailey Library, following the 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 commencement rehearsal.

           As part of the formal ceremony, Robert Smith, SRU president, will present opening remarks and introductions. Robert S. Taylor, chair of the SRU Council of Trustees, will bring greetings from the council, and graduates will be presented for confirmation by Bruce Russell, dean of SRU's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences.

           Wilma Cavill, assistant professor of health and safety and the senior member of the SRU faculty, will serve as grand marshal.

           Three Army ROTC cadets will be administered their oath of office as second lieutenants. Lt. Col. Patrick A. Callahan, SRU's Army ROTC program, will administer the oath. A contingent of ROTC cadets will present the flags to open the ceremony. A separate commissioning ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

           Patrick Mooney, president-elect of the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association, will induct the new graduates as members of the association.

           Music will be provided by the SRU Brass Quintet, directed by Brian Meixner, assistant professor of music, and the SRU Men's Quartet, including music majors Trevor Greenfield from Grove City, Ryan Griffin from Pittsburgh, Nicholas Kochanov of North Huntingdon, and Zachary Wood from Waynesboro.          

           A reception for graduates and their guests will follow the ceremony in Weisenfluh Dining Hall.


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.

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