May 04, 2016
They come from every walk of life and achievement. The first Latina lawyer in Pennsylvania. The mayor of Rome. Three local television news personalities. The CEO who keeps your lights on. The creator of the hottest show on Broadway. The researcher who helped discover pulsars. A governor named Tom and a president named Barack. And so many distinguished others.
The men and women delivering commencement addresses to area graduates in the coming days and weeks, and receiving honorary degrees, are an impressive roster, presented in no particular order:
Shalala has more than 40 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator. Prior to her appointment at the Clinton Foundation, she was president of the University of Miami. During her tenure, Miami solidified its position among top U.S. research universities. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed her U.S. secretary of health and human services, where she served for eight years, becoming the longest-serving HHS secretary in U.S. history. At the end of her tenure, a Washington Post article described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.”
Phillip C. Richards, founder and executive chairman of the board of the Minneapolis-based North Star Resource Group, will address graduates at Temple University's 129th commencement on May 6 at 10 a.m. at the Liacouras Center on campus. He will receive a doctor of humane letters degree. Richards, a 1962 graduate of the Fox School of Business at Temple, acquired North Star in 1969, and under his leadership, it has grown to a $55 million firm that manages more than $6 billion in client assets. He was elected a Temple University trustee in 2009.
Mari Carmen Aponte, a senior adviser in the United States Department of State's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, also will receive a doctor of humane letters degree. She was the United States ambassador to El Salvador from 2012 to February 2016. The first Puerto Rican woman to hold the title of ambassador, Aponte earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rosemont College. Following a period as an educator in Camden, New Jersey, she enrolled in Temple's Beasley School of Law and earned a J.D. in 1975. The first Latina lawyer in Pennsylvania, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 1979 when President Jimmy Carter appointed her a White House fellow.
Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross and a 1978 alumnus, will deliver the commencement address for Saint Joseph’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 14 at 9 a.m. on the university’s James J. Maguire Campus.
Jim Gardner, a longtime 6ABC “Action News” reporter and anchor, will speak at the graduate, doctoral and degree completion ceremony at 3 p.m. He and the Rev. William G. Donovan, Ph.D., pastor of St. Agnes in West Chester, who recently served as the Archbishop of Philadelphia’s liaison to the Pontifical Council for Family for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, will receive honorary doctor of humane letters degrees. Donovan is a 1981 graduate.
Also receiving honorary doctor of humane letters degrees are Sister Tesa Fitzgerald and Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson.
George Ball, chairman and CEO of the Burpee Seed Co., will receive an honorary doctor of science degree, and William Schutt, an engineer, businessman, founder of MATCOR Inc. and a patron of the arts, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.
Williams, who will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree, is widely known throughout the Philadelphia region for her service in education and the arts, as well as for her leadership in economic development.
Wayne W. Meisel, director of the Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, will offer the baccalaureate address on May 12 and receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree.
The Hon. Kevin M. Dougherty, justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, will deliver the commencement speech to Chestnut Hill College graduates on May 14 at 10:30 a.m. under the Grand Tent on campus.
Dougherty, who was elected to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in November 2015, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Previously, he was administrative judge of the Trial Division, 1st Judicial District, overseeing the state's largest civil and criminal trial court system. He also was administrative judge of Philadelphia Family Court for nearly a decade, where he implemented major reforms to better serve vulnerable and at-risk citizens.
Also receiving honorary degrees will be John F. Haught, Ph.D., a distinguished research professor at Georgetown University, doctor of human letters; Carol McCullough Fitzgerald, a former member of the college’s board of directors, doctor of laws; and the Hon. James J. Fitzgerald III, senior judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, doctor of laws.
Three alumni of West Chester University will offer commencement addresses during ceremonies at the university on May 7, 8 and 9.
Kathy Ochse, senior director of client services at StudioPost Operations, a Universal Studios post-production facility in Universal City, California, will speak to graduates of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Visual & Performing Arts on May 7. A 1989 graduate of West Chester University, she has 25 years of experience in leadership and management of post-production customer service, project management and operations teams. She is in her 16th year with NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corp.
Katherine Stahl, clinical associate professor of reading and director of the Literacy Clinic at New York University, will speak to graduates of the Colleges of Business & Public Affairs, Education and Health Sciences on May 8. A 1976 graduate of West Chester, she studies the effective instruction of reading in the elementary years and is committed to improving student achievement and school effectiveness, especially in urban settings. A vigorous scholar, she is a recipient of the Jeanne S. Chall Visiting Researcher Award from Harvard University and the Teaching Excellence Award from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.
Joanne Finegan, MSA, CTRS, FDRT, is CEO of U.S. Community Behavioral, Embassy Management LLC, and president of ReMed, an organization providing treatment and supported living for individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. A certified therapeutic recreation specialist, she is a vigorous advocate for both the field of therapeutic recreation and for people with disabilities. She has worked continuously on educating others on the impact and lifelong effects of brain injuries. Finegan earned a Master of Administration degree from West Chester University in 1990.
Woo oversees the official international humanitarian agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is one of the world’s largest and most respected international relief and development agencies, reaching more than 85 million people in 101 countries on five continents. Previously, she was dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business for 14 years.
Boyle is a member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and was ordained a priest in 1984. In 1986, he was appointed pastor of Los Angeles' Dolores Mission Church, located in gang territory. In an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of at-risk, gang-involved youth, he and many parish and community members began to establish positive outlets, including an alternative school and a day care program, and sought legitimate employment for these young men and women. In the aftermath of the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, Boyle launched his first social enterprise business, Homeboy Bakery. Its success created the groundwork for additional social enterprises, including Homeboy Silkscreen & Embroidery, Homeboy & Homegirl Merchandise, Homegirl Café & Catering, Homeboy Diner at Los Angeles City Hall and retail presence at farmers markets throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
The college also will award honorary doctor of humane letters degrees to Margaretta Richardi ’48, Delories Richardi ’53 and Charles John McGarvey Sr. ’01.
Margaretta Richardi, a supporter of Rosemont College for decades, was an assistant buyer at Gimbel Brothers in Philadelphia before joining the Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania in 1951 as a service representative. She spent four decades in management at Bell Telephone, eventually retiring in the 1980s from Verizon.
Delories Richardi, a longtime supporter and volunteer, was a service representative for the Bell Telephone Co. and became the editor of the company’s Commercial Department magazine. By 1974, she was a data systems analyst. She held other management roles until her retirement from Verizon in the 1980s.
McGarvey, an adult student of the School of Professional Studies, received his Bachelor of Science degree in management. He joined the Rosemont College community in 1989 as the director of public safety and became director of operations in 2001. A year later, he was promoted to assistant vice president of operations for the college. McGarvey is also a volunteer firefighter with 26 years of service and serves as chief fire officer for Lower Merion Township.
Two honorary degrees will be awarded during commencement exercises at Haverford College on May 14 on Roberts Hall Green.
Three honorary degrees will be awarded at Swarthmore College’s 144th commencement on May 29 in Scott Outdoor Amphitheater.
He is the author of nine books and the editor or co-editor of eight anthologies, including the forthcoming eighth edition of Film Theory and Criticism, the most widely used and cited anthology of critical writings about film since its publication in 1974. He is also the author of more than 100 articles and essays on a wide variety of subjects, popular as well as academic.
Dr. Marc Nivet, chief diversity officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, will deliver the commencement address to graduates of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University on May 9. Nivet leads the association’s Diversity Policy and Programs Department, which focuses on initiatives designed to increase diversity in medical education and advance health care equity. He and his staff analyze policy and regulatory activities related to diversity and inclusion, assist medical schools and teaching hospitals with diversity goals and serve as a liaison for diversity initiatives to membership organizations, government entities and other health organizations.
Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer and director of Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute, will speak at commencement exercises for the College of Science & Mathematics and School of Health Professions on May 10. He will receive an honorary doctor of science degree. An integral part of The Franklin Institute since 1978, Pitts designs and presents many of its public programs and exhibits. As the architect of numerous community science outreach programs, he has co-authored planetarium shows currently in worldwide distribution and since 1990, has created nationally distributed astronomy and space science content for WHYY. As “the face” and “voice” of the Institute for many years, Pitts appears regularly on national and international television networks as a science content expert and was the U.S. spokesperson for the International Astronomical Union’s International Year of Astronomy in 2010.
Robert O. Carr, founder and CEO of Heartland Payment Systems, will deliver the commencement address to graduates of the William G. Rohrer College of Business on May 11. He will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree. Carr committed $1 million in 2015 to support university scholarships through his Give Something Back Foundation. The son of a waitress who worked the night shift to help support her family, he holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Illinois. At 22, he was named president of the faculty and director of the computer center at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. In 1972, he started a software and consulting firm for small and midsize businesses and later developed the first integrated accounting platform for a microcomputer. Carr founded Heartland Payments Systems, a debit and credit card transaction company, and led it from a modest startup with 25 employees in 1997 to a company that today employs some 3,300.
In addition, Raymond Conlin, 1997 Rowan graduate and chief operating officer of McCollister's Transportation, will receive the Medal of Excellence.
New Jersey State Sen. Fred Madden will speak to graduates during May 11 commencement ceremonies for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. He will receive an honorary doctor of law degree. Elected to the Senate in 2003, Madden began his legislative service after a long law enforcement career, holding the rank of lieutenant colonel with the New Jersey State Police and leading the force as acting superintendent. He has worked to protect children and has been a strong advocate for veterans and seniors. Madden holds an associate degree from Camden County College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Glassboro State College and a Master of Science degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
William Castner, a 1995 graduate of Rowan and senior vice president of corporate and regulatory affairs for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, will be recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus.
Nicholas Paleologos, executive director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, will deliver the commencement address to the College of Communication & Creative Arts and College of Performing Arts on May 12.
He will be awarded the Medal of Excellence. A two-time Tony Award-winning producer whose credits include the London and Broadway productions of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the HBO film "In the Gloaming" and produced the Emmy-nominated "Lansky" for HBO. His motion picture credits include "Hurlyburly" and the Academy Award-nominated "Ghosts of Mississippi," and he’s produced documentaries for "Frontline" and "The American Experience" on PBS.
In addition, John Beck, professor emeritus of Eastman School of Music, will receive an honorary doctor of music degree.
Dr. Shaun Harper, founder and executive director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, will deliver the commencement address at the College of Education on May 12. He will receive the Medal of Excellence. Harper has authored 12 books, more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic works, and his research has been cited in more than 3,300 publications. His research examines race and gender in education and social contexts, equity trends and racial climates on college campuses, Black and Latino male student success in high school and higher education and college student engagement. He also occasionally writes about intercollegiate athletics. His newest book project, "Scandals in College Sports," is forthcoming this year. In 2015, he was appointed to President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper advisory council and was recognized in Education Week as one of the 50 most influential professors in the field of education.
Robert C. Braun, chief nuclear officer of PSEG Nuclear, the nuclear generating arm of PSEG Power, will be the keynote speaker during May 13 commencement exercises for the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering.
He will receive an honorary doctor of engineering degree. Previously, Braun was senior vice president and chief operating officer of PSEG Nuclear, a position he’d held since September 2012. He joined PSEG Nuclear in March 2007 as vice president of operations support and has more than 30 years of experience in commercial nuclear power operations. Braun earned his bachelor of mechanical engineering degree from Villanova University and holds a senior reactor operator license, a nuclear energy certification.
In addition, Dr. Devi Parikh, a 2005 Rowan graduate and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech University, will be awarded the Medal of Excellence.
Dr. John Becher, president of the American Osteopathic Association, will speak at the May 13 commencement for Rowan's School of Osteopathic Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. A leader in osteopathic medicine and an outstanding clinician with more than 40 years of experience, Becher is a board-certified emergency physician who serves as chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, from which he graduated in 1970. He is a Philadelphia native, teacher and mentor who created the nation’s first osteopathic emergency medicine program and has shaped the lives of countless medical students and residents.
In addition, New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney will receive a Medal of Excellence.
And Dr. Ira Monka, a 1984 graduate of Rowan and family medicine doctor at the Medical Institute of New Jersey, will be recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus.
Widener University will award three honorary awards during commencement ceremonies on May 20 and 21 in the Bown Garden behind Old Main on Widener’s main campus.
Nicholas Trainer, chair of the Widener University board of trustees, will receive an honorary degree of public service at the graduate commencement. A 1964 graduate of Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener University) with a degree in chemistry, Trainer launched his career working in sales for Hercules Inc., a chemical manufacturing company based in Wilmington, Delaware. He joined Sartomer Co. Inc. in 1969 as a technical sales representative and worked his way up to president of the company by 1976. Under his leadership, Sartomer’s annual sales revenue grew to more than $450 million when he retired in 2006. With 27 years on the board, he has played an important role in the growth of the university, directing the university’s first major capital campaign, Widener2000, which was responsible for the Leslie C. Quick Center.
Rutgers University – Camden will hold commencement exercises on May 18 and 19 at the BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbor Blvd. in Camden.
Dr. Wallena Gould, founder of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program and chief nurse anesthetist at Main Line Endoscopy Centers, is the keynote speaker for May 18 ceremonies for the School of Nursing. Gould mentors minority registered nurses to successfully matriculate into nurse anesthesia programs across the country. For the last 10 years, she has worked to increase minority enrollment in 54 out of 114 graduate nurse anesthesia programs. As a result, more than 400 certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) who participated in her program were accepted and graduated from their respective programs. She graduated from the Rowan College at Gloucester County nursing program.
Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, transformation director of Pick n Pay in South Africa, will address School of Business graduates during commencement on May 19. During her 20 years with the company, Ackerman-Berman has worked in various positions, from floor management and buying to general manager of corporate affairs and social responsibility. Before joining the family business, she received extensive training in supermarkets in France and the United Kingdom. Along with Raymond Ackerman, she is co-author of "A Sprat to Catch a Mackerel: Key Principles to Build Your Business."
Raymond Ackerman, a South African equal rights advocate, entrepreneur and philanthropist, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. A visionary South African businessman who stood up to his nation’s repressive apartheid government, he currently is the retired chair of the international retail establishment Pick n Pay, a highly regarded retailer employing more than 50,000 people in more than 1,000 stores across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland and Lesotho. He has been recognized by the Financial Times (Great Britain) as one of the world’s top 100 most-respected businessmen.
The Hon. Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina, associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, will speak at the Rutgers Law School at Camden commencement on May 19. Born in Cuba, Fernandez-Vina was appointed to the Superior Court bench by then-Gov. James E. McGreevey in 2004. He first sat in the civil division of the Camden Vicinage, then moved to the family division in 2006 and was named presiding judge of the civil division in 2007. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner named him assignment judge of the Camden Vicinage in 2012. He is a graduate of Rutgers Law School.
Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder of Project HOME, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. Involved in service work and advocacy for homeless and mentally ill persons since 1978, she was a co-founder, in 1985, of Woman of Hope, which provides permanent residential and support services for homeless, mentally ill women. In 1988, she founded the first Outreach Coordination Center in the nation. A year later, she and Joan Dawson McConnon co-founded Project HOME, a nationally recognized organization that provides supportive housing, employment, education and health care to enable chronically homeless and low-income persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Under their leadership, Project HOME has grown from an emergency winter shelter to more than 700 units of housing and three businesses that provide employment to formerly homeless persons.
Lisa Ciaranca Kaplan, principal of Andrew Jackson School in Philadelphia and winner of the 2015 Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education (known as the “best principal in the nation” award), will deliver the keynote address to Arts & Sciences faculty on May 19. Her neighborhood community school in Philadelphia has a very diverse and vibrant population, inclusive of 29 cultures and 14 different languages. Kaplan has been involved in education development for 30 years, focusing on effective teaching, special education and college-to-career readiness. Using her secret weapon – people power – she has been able to build an unparalleled network of partnerships that are eager and willing to partner with the Jackson School.
The Sidney Kimmel Medical College will award honorary degrees to the Hon. David J. Shulkin, M.D. and Fumimaro Takaku, M.D., Ph.D.
The Jefferson Colleges of Biomedical Sciences and Population Health will award honorary degrees to Esther Dyson, Sc.D. (hon.), FASHP, and Ignazio Roberto Marino, M.D., Sc.D., FASHP.
The Jefferson College of Nursing will award honorary degrees to Gen. Peter Chiarelli, USA (Ret.) and Edith Robb Dixon, LLD (Hon.), LHD (Hon.), ScD (Hon.)
Wolf had never campaigned for elected office when he defeated an incumbent governor in November 2014. A York County native – he still lives in the home he grew up in – Wolf attended Dartmouth College. He interrupted his academic career to spend two years working for the Peace Corps in a small village in India, later earning graduate degrees from the University of London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
With two cousins, Wolf purchased the family's lumber distribution and building products business, the Wolf Organization. They sold the business 25 years later and Wolf went on to serve as Pennsylvania's secretary of revenue for Gov. Ed Rendell. He eventually returned to the family enterprise to rescue the company from the brink of bankruptcy.
Also accomplished, Frances Wolf earned an undergraduate degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. Nearly two decades later, she returned to college and earned a degree in art and art history at F&M in 1996. She also holds a master's degree in the history of art from Bryn Mawr College. A painter, her works exhibit throughout Pennsylvania. She joined F&M's board in 2004 and is now a vice chair.
In addition to Wolf, the college will award honorary degrees to Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray and his wife, Gail Gray, as well as actress and playwright Nilaja Sun, a 1996 graduate of Franklin & Marshall.
Adams guides the company’s philanthropic efforts, which provide more than $5 million annually to hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the region. He holds board positions with a number of educational and community organizations in the Philadelphia area. He is president of the board of directors at Camphill Special School and chairman of the board of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. He also is a board member of WHYY, the American Gas Association and the Energy Association of Pennsylvania. Adams also serves on the board of directors of MontcoWorks, Montgomery County’s Workforce Investment Board.
From 1990 through 2001, Garrison served as CEO of the American Lung Association, the country’s oldest national volunteer health agency. Prior to that he was the CEO of Easter Seals, serving from 1978 to 1990. Today, Garrison heads his own consulting business, J.R. Garrison and Associates. He is currently under contract to provide Cherish Our Children International, a global humanitarian organization, the leadership it seeks to make it a major player on the world scene.
In addition to Garrison, honorary degrees will be awarded to Jay S. Sidhu, chairman and CEO of Customers Bank, and Sonia Sanchez, a nationally recognized poet, professor and activist.
Obama is the 44th president of the United States. His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.
With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, Obama was born in Hawaii and raised with help from his grandfather, who served in Patton’s army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.
Obama's years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose.
Moyers has earned more than three dozen Emmy Awards, nine Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute.
Hewish later won the Nobel Prize in physics for this discovery; when other scientists protested Bell Burnell’s exclusion, she humbly said, “I believe it would demean Nobel Prizes if they were awarded to research students, except in very exceptional cases, and I do not believe this is one of them.”
Tom Kitt, an award-winning composer, conductor and musician, will deliver the keynote address at UArts’ 138th commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 10 at the University’s Merriam Theater on the Avenue of the Arts. He will also receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree, along with longtime UArts Trustee and former board chairman Ronald J. Naples. Receiving Silver Star Alumni Awards will be Fredric Snitzer BFA ’73, a Miami-based art gallery owner and Art Basel selection committee member, and UArts Associate Professor Kim Yvonne Bears-Bailey BFA ’84, assistant artistic director of innovative dance company PHILADANCO.
Patty Mcgill Peterson, of the American Council on Education and presidential adviser for Global Initiatives, and Elaine L. Bukowski, professor of physical therapy, will serve as commencement speakers at Richard Stockton University on May 15.
Peterson, who will speak at the baccalaureate commencement, is a member of the senior leadership team at the American Council on Education, the major coordinating association for higher education institutions in the United States. As presidential adviser for Global Initiatives, she oversees work on the internationalization and global engagement of higher education, which includes facilitating a broad spectrum of programs and services for U.S. colleges and universities as well as ACE’s outreach to institutions, governments and associations of higher education around the world. Peterson is president emerita at Wells College and at St. Lawrence University, where she held presidencies from 1980 to 1996.
Bukowski, who will speak at the doctoral and master's commencement, is a tenured professor of physical therapy at Stockton University and a practicing clinician providing pro-bono services in southern New Jersey. Bukowski, who has a doctor of physical therapy with a concentration in orthopedics from Drexel University, has worked in a variety of settings in the United States and in Ghana, West Africa. She has taught at Stockton for the past 29 years, was a founding member of the physical therapy program, director of the physical therapy program and, more recently, associate director of the post-professional doctor of physical therapy program. At Stockton, she has been an active member of various university and program committees, serving as chair for several committees, including the Physical Therapy Admission Committee.
Lorraine C. Basara, a three-sport athlete at Penn State Abington, will speak at commencement at Penn State Abington on Friday, May 6 at the Athletic Building. Basara completed her bachelor's degree in health and physical education at University Park in 1975. She is the secretary of the Abington Alumni Board as well as a member of the Abington Athletics Advisory Board. Over the years, athletes from grade school through adult leagues benefited from Basara's love of teaching and coaching field hockey, basketball and softball. She is a senior human resources manager in the federal government responsible for developing aspiring and current leaders. She teaches succession planning, mentoring and coaching. Her extensive background includes designing and developing training for adult learners.
Jennifer Morgan, president of SAP North America, will deliver the commencement address at Penn State Brandywine on Saturday, May 7 at the Commons/Athletic Building. She is responsible for leading the business in the North America region, serving more than 90,000 customers in 25 industries across the United States and Canada.
F. William McNabb III, chairman and chief executive officer of Vanguard, will deliver the commencement address at The School of Graduate Professional Studies at Penn State Great Valley on Friday, May 6, on the campus. McNabb joined Vanguard in 1986, became chief executive officer in 2008, and chairman of the board of directors and the board of trustees in 2010. Previously, he led each of Vanguard’s client-facing business divisions. He also serves as chairman of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia and on the board of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board, and the Dartmouth Athletic Advisory Board. McNabb earned a bachelor of arts from Dartmouth College and a master of business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
College of Agricultural Sciences, Sunday, May 8, Bryce Jordan Center
Speaker: Keith Eckel, owner and president of Fred W. Eckel Sons Farms, Inc. in Clarks Summit, Pa., and Penn State trustee.
College of Arts and Architecture, Saturday, May 7, Eisenhower Auditorium
Speaker: Soprano Lisa Marie Rogali, a 2016 PSU graduate who will continues studies the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music
Smeal College of Business, Sunday May 8, Bryce Jordan Center
Speaker: Salomon “Sal” Sredni '87, retired president and chief executive officer of TradeStation Group Inc.
College of Communications, Saturday, May 7, Bryce Jordan Center
Speaker: Donald P. Bellisario, a Penn State Distinguished Alumnus, is best known as a creator/producer of groundbreaking TV series such as “Magnum, P.I.,” “Quantum Leap” and “NCIS.”
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Friday, May 6, Pegula Ice Arena
Speaker: Michael DiBerardinis, managing director, City of Philadelphia
College of Education, Sunday, May 8, Bryce Jordan Center
Speaker: Irvin Scott, director of College Ready in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
College of Engineering, Friday, May 6, Bryce Jordan Center
Speaker: Shu Chien, director, Institute of Engineering in Medicine, University of California, San Diego
College of Health and Human Development, Saturday, May 7, Bryce Jordan Center
Speaker: Linda Caldwell, distinguished professor of recreation, park, and tourism management at PSU
College of Information Sciences and Technology, Saturday, May 7, Eisenhower Auditorium
Speaker: Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, chairman of Ridge Global and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
College of the Liberal Arts, aturday, May 7, Bryce Jordan Center
Speaker: Lasanthi Fernando, a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, is graduating with a bachelor of arts in philosophy and a bachelor of science in economics, along with minors in bioethics and medical humanities, and business in the liberal arts.
College of Nursing, Saturday, May 7, Eisenhower Auditorium
Speaker: Donna Hart Gage, 2010 doctoral graduate from Penn State and chief nursing officer with the Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Eberly College of Science, Saturday, May 7, Bryce Jordan Center
Speaker: John Urschel, a published mathematician and NFL offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens
The Graduate School, Sunday, May 8, Bryce Jordan Center
Speaker: Rob Turrisi, professor of biobehavioral health and prevention research and professor-in-charge of the Graduate Program.