Penn State York Commencement Held May 12
Penn State York celebrated its 36th annual spring commencement at 6 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the campus [photos from Penn State Live]. The campus awarded associate and baccalaureate degrees and recognized master's degree graduates during the program. The ceremony was free and open to the public. The commencement was also televised live on SusCom Cable channel 18. This was the first time Penn State York's commencement had been televised live.
Robert W. Pullo, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Way Point/York Federal Foundation, Inc., was the commencement speaker [Read Pullo's full bio]. Now retired from banking after a career spanning 47 years, Pullo is active in the community and is an advocate for the campus. Pullo has served as chair of the Penn State York Advisory Board and he was also chair of the Grand Destiny Campaign, a campaign which raised nearly $10 million in support of Penn State York. Pullo has been an advocate for Penn State York for more than 25 years.
Most recently, the Pullo family's substantial financial support enabled the campus to complete the construction of the new performing arts center/library/classroom building. The Pullo Family Performing Arts Center is named in honor of Robert and Donna Pullo and their family's lifelong commitment to education, culture, and the arts.
In 1997, the Pullos established the Pullo Family Fund to encourage Penn State York faculty to engage in innovative technology-based projects that involve collaboration with high school teachers in the region. The Pullos also established the Pullo Family Technology Center in York's Information Sciences and Technology Center to encourage faculty to become familiar with the latest technology in support of their teaching and research.
In the late 1980s, Pullo played a pivotal role in securing the transfer of 34-acres of wooded property from the City of York to the University. That transfer not only expanded the physical space of the campus, but eventually became the site of the new Pullo Family Performing Arts Center and the Lee. R. Glatfelter Library.
Earlier this year, Pullo received the 2006 York City Humanitarian Award, the 2006 Volunteer of the Year Good Samaritan Award from the York County Chamber of Commerce, and will be accorded honorary alumni status at Penn State in University Park on June 2 and 3.
In addition to hearing from Pullo, Penn State York will continue its tradition of the open microphone where graduates can speak for a moment. The top associate degree, baccalaureate, and master's degree graduates will also say a few words. A number of former Penn State York students who completed their degree work at an upper-division campus of Penn State will return to their home campus, York, to receive their degrees during the ceremony.
A reception, sponsored by the Penn State York Alumni Society, followed the ceremony in the John T. and Paige S. Smith Atrium and mezzanine areas of the Pullo Center.