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Kaitlyn Hentschel saw not one but two life milestones come to fruition when she graduated from Bloomsburg University this spring with a degree in communication studies. She got engaged, launching the next chapter of her life. A few days later she graduated college, concluding her latest chapter with a momentous achievement as someone living with cystic fibrosis.

Two women who have made enormous contributions to California University of Pennsylvania received honorary doctorates May 7 as the University held its 194th Commencement ceremony. In all, 1,062 students earned associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in January and May 2022.

Recent grad Amber Young explained how Cheyney University helped her thrive. “When you get here, you find your voice. This is a place where you will be welcomed in a tight-knit community.”

President Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson conferred degrees to 882 Clarion University graduates in two ceremonies May 7. Berit I. Haahr, a degree candidate for a Master of Science in Library Science, addressed her classmates during the morning ceremony.

Graduating seniors Shadé Stokes-Campbell and Magdelynn Wigoda have spent their years at East Stroudsburg University with a desire to lead and serve others. Stokes-Campbell, a public health major, was awarded the University Service Award for the 2021-22 academic year. Wigoda, a communication sciences and disorder major, was awarded the University Leadership Award.

Edinboro University’s ROTC leadership team officially commissioned seven cadets from the Fighting Scots Battalion during the on-campus ceremony. Cadets Emily Eason, Gabrielle Eberle, Cole Fuller, Matthew James-Thrower, Jack Parker, Alexis Rodenbaugh and Laura Zimmerman will now enter military duty as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

It’s common for Indiana University of Pennsylvania to see “legacies”—students following a member of their family (parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle) to IUP. Usually, there are quite a few years separating graduating students and their parents. However, at IUP’s May 2022 commencement, two Indiana County families who are longtime friends will celebrate parent and child graduating together.

Kutztown University awarded Richard Wells an honorary doctorate at the institution's 2022 Spring Commencement Ceremony. Wells received a Doctor of Humane Letters. He came to Kutztown University in 1968 in the Department of Music and taught for 29 years.

Like most college students, Heather Capezzuti has been navigating college life through a pandemic. The experience, though, for the Lock Haven University nursing student and recent graduate was not even “typical,” given COVID-19. It was just one of several “uncommon” challenges Capezzuti had to endure during her time at The Haven.

Mansfield University honored graduates from Fall 2021 and Spring and Summer 2022 at its 157th Commencement ceremonies. 344 graduates were honored for earning associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Among the graduating class were 104 first-generation college students and 75 non-traditional students. 

The undergraduate graduation ceremonies at Millersville University, including Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 graduates, were held on May 7. Millersville highlighted some of its outstanding undergraduate students.

Shippensburg University Army ROTC hosted their annual commissioning ceremony on May 7. During the event 16 cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants. The ceremony featured comments from Ltc. Michael Firmin, chair of the military science department, Colonel Robert Lissner, Retired, and President President Charles Patterson. The 16 cadets celebrated their graduation from Shippensburg University later in the day.

Slippery Rock University hosted its annual Celebration of Achievement awards ceremony recognizing faculty and students for their outstanding contributions in the areas of academics, research, scholarship, creative activities and more. The highlight of the annual event is the announcement of SRU's finalist for the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, which is given to a graduating senior in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education who exemplifies academic excellence and involvement. 

A team of four West Chester University students, including two graduating seniors, placed first in a national debating competition hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in Washington, D.C. More than 20 colleges participated in the prestigious contest, the 2022 Annual European Union Schuman Challenge, including students from Yale University, Georgetown University, and American University.