Spring's top honor graduates named

Spring's top honor graduates named

Spring Commencement
For immediate elease: May 2, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — A total of 1,297 undergraduate students and 238 graduate students will receive degrees during Bloomsburg University’s spring commencement ceremonies.

Undergraduate commencement will take place Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. for the College of Education and College of Liberal Arts and at 3 p.m. for College of Business and College of Science and Technology. Both ceremonies will be held on the Academic Quadrangle.

Graduate commencement will be held Friday, May 11, at 6 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Katherine Zimmerman, a special education and elementary education major at BU and a Henry Carver scholarship recipient, will be recognized during the Saturday morning commencement. Zimmerman, of Mechanicsburg, is a finalist for the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Also recognized will be the following top honor graduates:

  • College of Business: Conor Hennegan McCauley, of Hummelstown, management major, a Henry Carver scholarship recipient
  • College of Liberal Arts: Jessica Smith, of Cogan Station, psychology major
  • College of Science and Technology: Chelsea J. Zoltowski, of Norristown, speech pathology-audiology major with a minor in French

Also, honored will be two students who are top honor graduates of both the College of Education and the College of Science and Technology:

  • Carrie E. Mensch, of Danville, who is earning bachelor’s degrees in both mathematics and secondary education/mathematics with a minor in educational technology
  • Jenna L. Mordan, of Bloomsburg, who is earning bachelor’s degrees in both mathematics and secondary education/mathematics with an exceptionalities concentration

The speaker for undergraduate commencement is David A. Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. Williams is a 1981 BU graduate and former tennis player. He previously served 10 years at Habitat for Humanity International, where he rose to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and 11 years as executive director of the Houston Food Bank. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from BU and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.