Nearly 1,000 Attend Penn State York Commencement
Penn State York celebrated its fifth annual fall commencement with nearly 1,000 people in attendance Monday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. in the new Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the campus. This was the first commencement to take place in the new facility which opened in August. The ceremony was free and open to the public.
The campus awarded 51 baccalaureate degrees, 48 associate degrees, and recognized 51 master of education in teaching and curriculum degree recipients.
John J. Romano, Ph.D., vice president for commonwealth campuses at Penn State was the commencement speaker. Hi shis remarks, Romano shared the advice his father gave him upon his graduation from eighth grade, "Don't wait for your ship to come in, row out to meet it." Romano ended his remarks to the graduates with "Your ships are awaiting your arrival." A familiar face in York, Romano served as the campus executive officer at Penn State York from 1985 to 1993 and was instrumental in helping the campus gain funding and support for its new facility featuring the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, the Lee R. Glatfelter Library, and the John T. and Paige S. Smith Atrium.
In addition to hearing from Romano, Penn State York continued its tradition of open microphone where graduates spoke for a moment. The top associate degree, baccalaureate, and master's degree graduates said a few words. Two former Penn State York students who completed their degree work at an upper division campus of Penn State returned to their home campus, York, to receive their degrees during the ceremony. Penn State York offers the first two years of more than 160 Penn State majors.
The campus also recognized baccalaureate students who began their work at Penn State York and are eligible to move on to University Park or other campuses to complete their degree work. A reception, sponsored by the Penn State York Alumni Society, followed the ceremony. Penn State York's spring commencement is set for May 12, 2006.