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Mercyhurst to graduate 975 in three separate ceremonies

Monday, May 4, 2015

A total of 975 students will graduate from Mercyhurst University this year, with ceremonies taking place over two weekends, May 10 and May 17-18. Commencement will be marked by three separate ceremonies - one for traditional-age undergraduates and adult undergraduate students, another for graduate students, and the third for students of the McAuley College of Associate Degree Studies for students of Mercyhurst North East, Corry and the Booker T. Washington Center.

Graduation for undergraduates, which number 635 eligible candidates (561 traditional-age; 74 adults), takes place at the Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French St., on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m.  Students will graduate by school:  School of Arts & Humanities, Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Walker School of Business, Zurn School of Natural Sciences, School of Social Sciences, School of Health Professions and Public Health and the Tom Ridge School of Intelligence Studies and Information Science.

In what is likely to be his final official act as president, retiring president Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., will confer degrees and deliver remarks at Sunday’s graduation in downtown Erie. Board of Trustees Chair Marlene Mosco will offer Sunday’s welcome.

Daniel McFee, Ph.D., this year’s Teaching Excellence Award recipient, will speak to the class as will Carpe Diem Award recipient Nick Latta. 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.”

President Gamble will also address the McAuley College graduates, numbering 198 candidates, on Saturday, May 9, during a 1 p.m. commencement in Liguori Fieldhouse on the North East campus. Graduates include 191 from MNE, six from Booker T. Washington Center, and one from Corry. Also counted among the class are 50 students who graduated in December, bringing the total of 2015 graduates to 248.

Sister Mary Felice Duska, RSM, a Mercyhurst University trustee, will deliver the invocation. Medal of Honor recipient Johneisha William will speak as well. The Medal of Honor is the McAuley College’s highest award presented to the graduating student who has had the most positive impact on the life of the college community.

In addition, Mercyhurst celebrates the graduation of 92 students from eight graduate programs on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. Candidates represent the  following master’s degree programs: administration of justice, anthropology, applied behavior analysis, applied intelligence, exercise science, organizational leadership, secondary education and special education.

This year’s commencement address will be given by Dawn Wozneak, director of the master’s degree program in applied intelligence. Also speaking will be Trustees Sister Mary Ann Bader, RSM, and Desmond J. McDonald.