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New Kensington's 54th commencement set for Saturday; list of candidates

Commencement procesional
A processional of Penn State New Kensington candidates precedes the recessional of Penn State graduates.
4/29/2013 —





Nearly 100 graduates will receive baccalaureate and associate degrees at Penn State New Kensington's 54th commencement exercises at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 4, in the campus Athletics Center.

Chancellor Kevin Snider will confer undergraduate degrees to candidates. Ned Laubacher, executive vice president of the eastern corridor and chief executive officer for Allegheny Valley Hospital and Forbes Regional Hospital of the West Penn Allegheny Health System, is scheduled to deliver the commencement address. Kerry Kelly, president of the Alle-Kiski Society, will induct the new Penn Staters into the Penn State Alumni Association.

The class of 2013 is the 54th graduating class at the New Kensington campus. What began in 1960 with 28 men earning associate degrees has evolved into 92 men and women receiving bachelor's and associate degrees. Since that inaugural class, more than 10,000 alumni have attended Penn State New Kensington and have earned a Penn State degree.

 The campus was born in 1958 as the New Kensington Center, which opened in the First Ward School Building in the heart of the city of New Kensington with 79 students enrolled in the electrical and mechanical engineering associate degree programs. In 1963, the center moved to the former Parnassus Junior High School and began offering the first two years of baccalaureate programs in education, liberal arts, business administration, and human development. In the same year, Alcoa offered to give the University a 35-acre tract of land in Upper Burrell Township, four miles east of the city. Three years later, the current campus was born and classes convened in the Engineering Building. Today, more than 700 students matriculate on campus and are studying in 14 associate and bachelor's programs.

 As the campus and student body evolved, the mission of Penn State New Kensington also has evolved. The campus was founded as a response to a local need for higher education opportunities in the Alle-Kiski Valley, and it remains committed to fulfilling that responsibility. But the campus also plays an important role in the development of the region, and actively promotes partnerships with local and national businesses. With the establishment of programs such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and WEDIG (Westmoreland Economic and Development Initiative for Growth), the campus seeks to bridge the gap between education and industry.

 Penn State New Kensington continues to evolve as it is firmly ensconced in its sixth decade of service to the citizens of the Alle-Kiski Valley. It is relentless in expanding course offerings to meet industry’s changing needs. This greatly enhances Penn State’s historic mission of teaching, research and service.

For more on the commencement and speaker, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/45356.htm





School of Business, Bachelor of Science, Management Information Systems

Armand J. D'Alessandro


College of Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology

Kriss O. Bookwalter, Justin D. Brown ##, Tyler A. Davis, Jeffrey M. Enos,

Michael J. Fox, Adam L.Housholder, Timothy J. Kerrigan, Michael R. Klaric,

Joshua C. Mastruserio, Samantha L. Polons #, Stefan E. Sadock, Steven P. Schroeder,

Dylan Thomas, Adam R. Zottola


College of Health and Human Development, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology

Brian A. Smith


College of Information Sciences and Technology, Bachelor of Science, Information Sciences and Technology

Matthew W. Brueggeman, Pamela Jo Lang


College of Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Science, Organizational Leadership

Randall C. Frain, Beverly L. Matchett, Steven R. Turpin


Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Erin L. Steele


University College

Bachelor of Science, Administration of Justice

Mario F. Devine, Andrew V. Holodnik, Matthew E. Lecocq,

Nicole A. Opielowski, Justin M. Reed, Brittany M. Yanoff


Bachelor of Arts, Applied Psychology

Shanna L. Williams ##


Bachelor of Science, Information Sciences and Technology

Jon D. Benson, Derek T. Laughery, Justin L. Fitzpatrick, Nicholas C. Siple,

David A. Smouse, Amber E. Thompson


Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Jolene N. Bierer, Christopher P. Deet, Brandi A. Dickerhoff,

Amber L. Griest, Richard J. Hofscher


Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Danielle L. Dortenzo, Brian J. Ferraccio ##, Brittany L. Walker


Bachelor of Science, Business

Zachary M. Albert, Zachary E. Bunting, Katie D. Colbert, Steven M. Digirolamo,

Anthony J. Dimatteo, Kalie D. Montgomery, Nicole A. Thoma


Bachelor of Arts, Communications

Shawn M. Annarelli, Christina B. Horner, Jamie L. Mazzotta


World Campus, Bachelor of Science, Business Information Sciences and Technology

Nicole L. Huck



College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Technology

Evan G. Adams*, Jacob R. Babinsack*, Matthew J. Bilby*, Zachery M. Craven*,

Kevin R. Dougherty*, Bradley R.  Harkless*, Ryan E. Jenkins, Jordan M.  Lane*,

Nathan S. Tomporoski*, Lawrence N. Utchel*, Keirstin N. Walker*


Mechanical Engineering Technology

Adam T. Bombalski, Dylan R. Kasprzyk, David M. Marullo, Joseph G. Miller,

William M. Staniszewski, Shane A. Wawrzyniak, David L. Yohe


University College

Business Administration

Jason M. Emerick


Information Sciences and Technology

Austin J. McFall, Chi-Craig Wee


Radiological Science

Tori Claypoole*, Hannah E. Cook*, Arianne Z. Damico*, Jade T. Elliott*,

Stephenie M. Fox*, Andrew M. Gengler*, Hailabe Hailu*, Jayme L. Kruse*,

Samantha R. Miller*, Taran P. Opitz*, Katie L. Pesci*, Heather R. Pranskey*,

Kristen M. Santry*, Emily M. Westover*, Kierston A. Wilkinson*, Nicala M. Wisnick*


# Highest Distinction                          ## High Distinction                            ### Distinction


*Intends to fulfill degree requirements during summer 2013


"Each fresh generation of students brings in a new fresh life.

The young men and young women who are going out today not only carry

 with them a new flood of life… but they will carry with them recollections of the

 men and women who have led them forward with the hope and promise to this occasion.

It is a scene that is always full of inspiration…that no time can wither nor custom stale."

Commencement Address, 1897, George W. Atherton, President, The Pennsylvania State University, 1882-1906


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