SRU hosting 2023 fall commencement ceremony Dec. 9


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More than 580 Slippery Rock University students are eligible to receive their degrees at SRU fall commencement ceremony, Dec. 9.

Nov. 30, 2023

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University will host its 2023 fall commencement ceremony, 11 a.m., Dec. 9, at the Morrow Field House. There are more than 580 students eligible to graduate and participate in the ceremony. Graduate students and undergraduates from each of SRU's five colleges will receive their degrees in one ceremony.

Electronic tickets are required for entry and each graduate will be provided up to four guest tickets. All ceremonies will be livestreamed on for those friends and family members without a ticket, unable to attend in person, or who prefer to watch the ceremony online.

Additionally, there will be a livestream viewing location on campus for guests without tickets at the Russell Wright Alumni House.

The commencement speaker will be Keith Dils, dean of the SRU College of Education. Larry McCarthy, assistant professor of accounting, economics and finance, will serve as grand marshal and will open the ceremony. SRU President Karen Riley will provide remarks and confer the degrees. There will also be greetings from Alfonso Angelucci on behalf of the SRU council of trustees.

Michael Zieg, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present candidates for degrees, as well as Dils; Dan Bauer, dean, College of Liberal Arts; Nicole Dafoe, dean, College of Engineering and Science; Christina Karshin, dean, College of Health Professions; and Lawrence Shao, dean, College of Business, for their respective colleges. Natale Burick, director of disability services, will present candidates for the certificates in the Rock Life program, a postsecondary program for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities that provides them an inclusive college experience.

Melissa Visco, '04, president of the SRU Alumni Association, will welcome the graduates as new SRU alumni on behalf of the association.

Student marshals and University flag bearers include the following graduating students who will hold their respective college flag or the SRU flag for the ceremony:

  • Marissa Villano, a public health major from Altoona (University Flag Bearer).
  • Jessica Stroh, a dual marketing and finance major from Monroeville (College of Business).
  • Delaney Mangis, an early childhood education major from Pittsburgh (College of Education).
  • Garret Brewer, a park and resource management major from Gray, Kentucky (College of Engineering and Science).
  • Mackenzie Hardin, a health care administration and management major from Sarver (College of Health Professions).
  • Faith Johnson, a dual homeland security and corporate security major from Youngsville (College of Liberal Arts).
  • Kristin Pierson-Malenky, a special education major from West Middlesex (Graduate Studies).

Additional information is available on  the University's commencement webpage, by calling 724.738.2849 or by emailing the Commencement Office at A link to a digital program will also be available on the commencement webpage prior to the event as there will be only a shortened print version available at the ceremony.

MEDIA CONTACT: Justin Zackal | 724.738.4854  |