Penn State announces 2016 commencement speakers

Penn State announced its 2016 commencement events and speakers for University Park, as well as the other commonwealth campuses.

Two students will receive associate degrees, 8,954 will receive baccalaureate degrees, approximately 1,033 will graduate with master’s degrees and 244 will graduate with doctoral degrees at University Park alone, according to a Penn State press release.

The Schreyer Honors College Medals Ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at Eisenhower Auditorium, according to the release.

The College of Engineering will have Shu Chien, director at the Institute of Engineering in Medicine at University of California, San Diego, speak at 8 p.m. on May 6 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences will have its graduation ceremony at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the Pegula Ice Arena. Michael DiBerardinis, managing director for the City of Philadelphia, will be the commencement speaker.

John Urschel, NFL offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens and former Nittany Lions football player, will speak at the Eberly College of Science’s ceremony at 9 a.m. on May 7 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

At noon on Saturday, May 7, the College of Communications will have Donald P. Bellisario, creator and producer of TV series such as, “Magnum, P.I.,” Quantum Leap” and NCIS,” speak at the Bryce Jordan Center, according to the release.

The College of Arts and Architecture will have Lisa Marie Rogali, a soprano voice student of Jennifer Trust, speaking at noon on May 7 in Eisenhower Auditorium, according to the release.

The College of Information Sciences and Technology will have former Governor Tom Ridge speak at 3 p.m. on May 7 at Eisenhower Auditorium.

Linda Caldwell, professor of recreation, park and tourism management and human development and family studies at Penn State, will speak at the College of Health and Human Development’s ceremony at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The College of Nursing will have its ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Eisenhower Auditorium and will have Donna Hart Gage, chief nursing officer at the Veterans Health Administration and 2010 doctoral graduate from Penn State, speak.

Lasanthi Fernando, a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholars, will speak at the College of the Liberal Arts’s ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on May 7 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Salomon Sredni, retired president and chief executive officer of TradeStation Group, Inc. and Class of 1987, will be speaking at the Smeal College of Business’s ceremony at 9 a.m. on May 8 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Irvin Scott, deputy director of College Ready in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be speaking at the College of Education’s ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8 at the Bryce Jordan Center.Keith Eckel, president of Eckel Farms, Inc. and the owner of Fred W. Eckel Sons, will be speaking at the College of Agricultural Sciences graduation ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Graduate School will have its ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on May 8 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Rob Turrisi, professor of biobehavioral health and prevention research and professor-in-charge of the Graduate Program, will be the commencement speaker.

Penn State Law will have its graduation at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 in Eisenhower Auditorium. Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the largest organization of labor unions in the country, will be the commencement speaker, according to the release.