Let's close the year by celebrating the achievements of our graduates and universities, as well as our faculty and alumni.

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Success Highlights​

Bloomsburg University students majoring in professional sales and marketing will have access to a guaranteed paid internship with Paychex, Inc. starting in the Fall of 2022. Bloomsburg University is the first school that Paychex is partnering with for guaranteed paid internships.

Suzan Gingery fulfilled a lifelong goal when she graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in history. At 68 years old, she said the accomplishment took longer than originally planned, but that only adds to the satisfaction. She earned an associate degree from Westmoreland Community College in 2014. Cal U accepted the most credits, and she took advantage of the 60+ College Advantage Program, or CAP, which allows older students to attend the University tuition-free.

Twenty-five adults will learn how to protect systems, networks and programs from digital attacks and receive mentorship and on-the-job training through Cheyney University's new Workforce Enhancement Network cybersecurity program.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought attention to all health careers, but one health career in particular has grown in relevance and need. Medical technology is one of Clarion University's more than 175 programs of study, and it offers a healthy future for the student who excels in biology and chemistry.

Lauren Tagliaferri was in ninth grade when her family moved from East Stroudsburg, Pa. to New York City. At first, she didn’t like the big city, but eventually she acclimated and excelled in her new environment. But, deep down she knew the Pocono Mountains were her home. When it came time to think about college, she knew she wanted to be home, and she applied and was accepted to East Stroudsburg University.

Scarlett Seneta, who graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education, represented the Class of 2021 during Edinboro University's undergraduate commencement ceremony on December 11. During her senior year of high school, Seneta enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves as a Religious Program Specialist. Then directly after high school, she started her military career and training. She came home to Pennsylvania to attend Edinboro University, where many of her family members also attended.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania held commencement ceremonies on December 11 for 642 graduates, including honoring 12 undergraduates who completed their studies with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Four students were also granted military commissions by Captain Adam Becker. Upon conferral of their degrees, these students were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

Kutztown University has become one of 260 campuses in the United States to be accepted into the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Affiliation Program. As an affiliated university, KU portrays to students and employers that its curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA program exams.

Lock Haven University recently celebrated the opening of the new Student Success Center on campus during an open house event. LHU students will have access to a concierge-like experience, where their needs and concerns can be met and addressed by both professional staff and peer mentors. It will serve as a one-stop-shop to assist students in four major areas vital to student success and retention: academic success, social adjustment, financial literacy and career exploration.

The Mansfield University Municipal Police Academy graduated its 38th class of cadets on Saturday, November 13. The 25-week Academy requires 919 hours of instruction and development of personal skills. Graduating from a certified Act 120 academy is required to become a municipal police officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This year's class received an additional 100 hours of training, where cadets received credentials to enhance their workforce development skills within the area of public safety.

A big congratulations to the 452 December 2021 graduates of Millersville University. A few of the December graduates are highlighted on Millersville's website including Mamie Covell, student advisor to Millersville's Borough Council and a member of the Student Government Association, and Rasheed Osman, originally from Ghana.

Shippensburg University senior mechanical engineering major Erika Ebersole tested her skills with an internship at Amtrak, an internship she says readied her to launch her career when she graduates this spring. Pennsylvania forecasts a need for over 4,000 new or replacement mechanical engineers by 2024. Ebersole is ready to go to work!

Amanda Howett may have caught the attention of Forbes Magazine editors, but the Slippery Rock University alumna didn't immediately catch on when she was notified that she would be among next year's top 30 individuals under the age of 30 succeeding in the sports industry. Howett, a 2018 SRU graduate with a degree in sport management, was named to the 2022 Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 Sports list for North America, a designation that includes professional and Olympic athletes, as well as entrepreneurs and executives.

West Chester University​ winter graduate Emma Wagner is on her way to becoming a serial entrepreneur. She was one of the student speakers for winter commencement, having earned her liberal studies: professional studies bachelor of science degree with minors in media & culture and entrepreneurship. Wagner, who was the spring 2021 entrepreneurship fellow at WCU's Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, knew she wanted to help other women stay connected as the pandemic shutdown began. With friends in such disparate paces as Australia, Denmark, Japan, Morocco, Thailand, and Spain, she created the Women Supporting Women Global Empowerment Group for mutual emotional support and open discussion.​