Meadville Tribune

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December 10, 2012

Edinboro University to graduate 528 students

EDINBORO — Reflecting upon decades of rich academic customs and traditions, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania President Julie E. Wollman will confer graduate and undergraduate degrees upon 528 students during separate commencement ceremonies Saturday.

And a well-known Crawford County health care specialist will be featured in the graduation day event.

Edinboro’s newest group of graduates will be the audience for a commencement address delivered by Meadville resident John E. Brown, founder in 1989 of Hospice of Crawford County, the only such hospice program in the region at the time.

Brown, a writer, ordained minister, pastoral counselor and musician, served as Hospice of Crawford County’s first CEO, pastoral counselor and music therapist.

He was president of the board of directors and continues to hold positions within the organization. He also served on the board of the Pennsylvania Hospice Network, and currently is pastoral counselor at Meadville Medical Center.

The ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at McComb Fieldhouse. Following the ceremonial procession of faculty and graduating students, Wollman will confer upon students 357 bachelor’s degrees and 21 associate degrees. Beginning at 2 p.m. in the historic Louis C. Cole Auditorium-Memorial Hall, Wollman will confer upon students 150 master’s degrees.

Following a welcome from Wollman and greetings from John E. Horan, chair of Edinboro’s Council of Trustees, and after Brown’s address, Rachel Cracolici-Valentine, who will receive a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and is graduating cum laude, will deliver the student address.

The formal graduation begins when Dr. Michael J. Hannan, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Scott E. Miller, acting dean, School of Business; Dr. Susan Curtin, associate dean, School of Education; and Dr. Terry L. Smith, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, present to Wollman candidates for degrees.

As the ceremony concludes, Joseph Mineo, president of the Edinboro University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, will welcome the university’s newest alumni to the growing alumni network of some 60,000 graduates.

A total of 71 academic majors will be represented. The largest number of students will be graduating with degrees in education, art, business administration, nursing and criminal justice.

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