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Commencement Speakers Announced

Commencement Speakers Announced

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I am Mountain Cat Proud to extend congratulations to our graduating class of 2008.  With our 36th annual Commencement ceremony, our graduates become part of a rich legacy that started over 80 years ago.  They join more than 17,000 alumni who are strengthening our communities and transforming our world.

An important part of the Commencement ceremony is the address, an opportunity for graduates to gain first-hand perspective on life in the real world, beyond the boundaries of their college campus.  This year’s commencement ceremony will feature three speakers.   

Steven Kotecki
(Class of 2008) 

Steven Kotecki, a member of the Pitt-Johnstown graduating class of 2008, spent nearly half of his life growing up in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire in West Africa (commonly known as the Ivory Coast) where his parents worked as missionaries.   He graduated in 2001 from the International Christian Academy.  He began his college career at Baylor University, but transferred to UPJ in 2004.  A member of the Army Reserve, Mr. Kotecki served a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, and a 12-month tour in Iraq.  Upon graduation, Mr. Kotecki and his wife Shannon will relocate to Florida, where he will pursue his master’s degree in geography, with concentrations in African development and Arabic. Please click here to read a special article on Mr. Kotecki.


Martin E. Radovanic 

Martin E. Radovanic is the Managing Editor and Main Anchor at NBC affiliate WJAC in Johnstown.  Mr. Radovanic, who began his news career nearly 35 years ago, is responsible for delivering the news to the nearly half-million households throughout west-central Pennsylvania.  He has interviewed religious and political leaders, and recently covered the Pope’s visit to our nation's capital. He has received several awards from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters for his work on documentaries examining issues important to the people of the Alleghenies.  A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Radovanic currently resides in Johnstown with his wife Joyce, and is the father of two grown children, Kristen Corcoran and Martin J. Radovanic.  He is also the proud grandfather of three grandsons.

Angela Mazur (Class of 2008)
Student Senate President

Ms. Mazur will deliver greetings on behalf of the students.

Commencement will begin at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3 in the Sports Center.

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 5/1/2008 3:30:00 PM