'Hurst to graduate 1,021 students May 18-19

Graduation 2012

Commencement Weekend 2013, slated for May 18-19, will witness the graduation of 1,021 students from Mercyhurst University. The occasion will be marked by three separate ceremonies - one for traditional-age undergraduates, another for adult and graduate students, and the third for students of Mercyhurst North East, West and Corry.

Graduation for traditional-age undergraduates, which number 507 eligible candidates, takes place at the Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier, on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m.

Mercyhurst President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., will deliver the commencement address while Board of Trustees Chair Marlene D. Mosco will offer the welcome. Carpe Diem Award recipient Rhona Boyle of Dublin, Ireland, will also speak.

The Carpe Diem Award is presented to the outstanding senior who has made the most positive impact on the life of the Mercyhurst community and who best exemplifies the college motto, “Carpe Diem” – “Seize the Opportunity.” The other key award to be presented during Sunday’s proceedings is that of the Bishop’s Award for Academic Excellence, which this year goes to Kaleigh Hubert.

Saturday, May 18, marks commencement at the university’s North East campus, which takes place at 1 p.m. in Liguori Fieldhouse. Eligible graduates number 332 from associate degree programs with the exception of 10 graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The associate degree graduates also include two from Mercyhurst West and two from Corry.

Well known North East businessman Robert Mazza, owner of Mazza Vineyards and a Mercyhurst University trustee, will deliver this year’s commencement address.  Dylan Goodill, recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest award presented to a student at North East, will also speak. 

Mercyhurst celebrates the graduation of its adult and graduate students on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. The 182 eligible candidates include 132 receiving master's degrees; the remaining are adult recipients earning their undergraduate degrees.

Sister JoAnne K. Courneen, RSM, representing the Board of Trustees and the Sisters of Mercy, will welcome Saturday’s guests, while Christine Lo Bue-Estes, Ph.D., director of Mercyhurst’s graduate program in exercise science, will deliver the commencement address.

During Saturday's exercises, Teresa Still will receive the Catherine McAuley Adult Student Award. The other top adult award – the President's Award for Adult Excellence – goes to Matthew Yaw.

For more information on the 2013 commencement, visit the university's graduation website.

PHOTO: From Mercyhurst Commencement 2012

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