SRU prepares for Dec. 12 winter commencement


Slippery Rock University graduates

Dec. 7, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Graduation. For many it's the unofficial sign that they've become an adult and are entering the real world.

That sign will become a reality for more than 500 Slippery Rock University students when they participate in SRU's 11 a.m., Dec. 12 commencement ceremony in Morrow Field House

Rehearsal for the event is at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 11 at the Field House.

Undergraduate degrees will be bestowed upon 453 graduating seniors, while 108 master's degrees will be awarded.

Tickets are required for admission with doors opening at 9:30 a.m. All graduates have received their allotted tickets for distribution to friends and family.

Wilma Cavill, assistant professor of health and safety management and the longest serving faculty member in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, will serve as grand marshal and will open and close the ceremony.

SRU President Cheryl Norton will provide remarks, and Mary Jo White, chair of the SRU council of trustees, will bring greeting from the council.

Philip Way, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs; Lawrence Shao, dean, College of Business; Keith Dills, dean, College of Education; Jerry Chmielewski, interim dean, College of Health, Environment and Science, and Eva Tsuquiashi-Daddesio, dean, College of Liberal Arts, will present the graduates for their degrees, which will be officially conferred by Norton.

Lt. Col. John Donlin, professor of military science and head of SRU's Army ROTC program will confer the oath of office to two graduating ROTC cadets, inducting them into the U.S. Army as second lieutenants.

Receiving commissions will be: Matthew Cullen, a criminology and criminal justice major from Hadley, and Garrett Mille, a secondary education/social studies and history major from Leechburg.

SRU's Army ROTC unit will present the colors to open the ceremony.

Lisa McCullough Holmes, a 1988 SRU graduate and member of the SRU Alumni Association, will induct the graduates into the association.

The SRU Student Brass Quintet will provide music for the ceremony.

The SRU Quartet will sing the "Star-Spangled Banner," while the SRU Men's Quartet will perform the "SRU Alma Mater."

A reception for graduates and their guests will follow in the GrassTex area of the field house immediately following the ceremony.

Additional information, including guest instructions, special needs seating, transportation, parking and lodging is available at or by phoning 724.738.2849.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robb King | 724.738.2199 |