Mercyhurst University – The North East Campus welcomes Bob Mazza, president and co-founder of Mazza Vineyards Winery in North East, as this year’s featured commencement speaker.
For nearly 40 years, Mazza has been a leader in the Pennsylvania grape and wine industry. He is a Mercyhurst University trustee who has shared his time and talents with numerous civic organizations. In 1996, Governor Tom Ridge appointed him to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Commission, where he served as an advocate for winegrowers.
Meanwhile, under his leadership, Mazza Vineyards has gained international recognition for its wine and is one of the largest producers of Pennsylvania-grown wine in the Commonwealth. Mazza also founded Mazza Chautauqua Cellars, a New York winery and distillery, and worked to re-establish the South Shore Wine Company – a historic wine brand in Erie County dating back to the 1860s.
He is a charter member of the Pennsylvania Winery Association and the Lake Erie Quality Wine Alliance. In addition to his service as a Mercyhurst, trustee, he continues to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Commission and with the Governor’s Tourism Partnership.
Mazza was born in Catanzaro, Italy, and resides in North East with his wife Kathleen. They have a son, Mario, and a daughter, Vanessa.
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.