Mercyhurst North East prepares for fourth commencement

Mercyhurst North East will hold its fourth graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the Liguori Fieldhouse on the North East campus.

The class of 2002 comprises 122 students with majors in business administration, computer systems support, criminal justice, early childhood education, hotel, restaurant and institutional management, culinary arts, office management and physical therapist assistant.

Graduation weekend kicks off with a Family Fun Day on Thursday, May 16. The day begins with a golf outing at Green Meadows Golf Course, and later in the day there will be a family picnic and entertainment in the Grotto area of the North East campus. Graduates, faculty, staff, administration and their families are invited to Family Fun Day.

Friday’s events will include wine tasting and winery tours, softball and volleyball games and a picnic lunch. Friday night brings the annual Awards Dinner at Peek’n Peak Resort in Clymer, N.Y. Michele Ridge, former First Lady of the Commonwealth and wife of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, will be keynote speaker and special guest for the evening. Academic achievement awards will be presented, along with the Men’s and Women’s Student Athlete of the Year awards.

In addition, the Sister Catherine McAuley Award, the Medal of Honor and the Robert S. Miller Award will be given.

Saturday’s celebration begins with Mass in St. Mary’s Chapel, celebrated by Father “Tex” Hilbert, with a commencement brunch to follow for graduates and their guests.

A pre-commencement concert by the Mercyhurst College Brass Quintet at 1:15 p.m. will be followed by the academic procession and conferring of degrees. Dr. Gary Brown, executive dean of Mercyhurst North East; Dr. William P. Garvey, president of Mercyhurst College; Dr. Robert Towsey, academic dean at Mercyhurst North East; James Lanahan, dean of administration at Mercyhurst North East; and Dr. Andrew Roth, vice president for academic affairs at Mercyhurst College; will oversee the commencement exercises.

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