By Abraham Kline
For 143 years, Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been educating students in a variety of fields. Some students are local residents, but many are from other areas in Pennsylvania, across the United States, and even countries on the other side of the globe.
On Saturday, December 15, 2018, nearly 1,000 students took part in two Winter Commencement Ceremonies. The first was held at 9:30 a.m. in the Fisher Auditorium for graduates receiving their master and doctoral degrees. The second ceremony, held at 1:00 in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, featured undergraduate recipients of bachelor and associate degrees. Each ceremony followed a similar format.
As families and friends entered, music was played by the Graduation Brass Ensemble. Students then entered for the opening procession followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Jocelynn Zeigmann.
A welcome and posthumous degree was given by University President Michael Driscoll. In the graduate ceremony, the student address was given by Colin Brown, Doctor of Philosophy and Safety Science. At the Undergraduate Ceremony, the student address was given by Maria Newton, who earned a Bachelor Degree in Science, International Business, and a Bachelor of Arts and Spanish.
The Commencement address was delivered by Jeffrey L. Larkin, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Biology. After a musical interlude, some remarks were made by the Provost and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Once all students were called to the podium to receive their degrees and the recession was complete, a reception was held for graduates, family, and friends.