University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

Commencement 2011

"It's not success unless it creates opportunities for others"
-- Liz Murray, Pitt-Johnstown's 2011 Commencement speaker.

Pitt-Johnstown celebrated its 39th Commencement on Saturday, April 30 in the Sports Center.  The ceremony honored approximately 550 graduates who completed requirements for Bachelor Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Associate of Science degrees in August or December 2010, or completed requirements in April or June of this year.  Approximately 360 seniors processed in the ceremony.

Brian Houston, assistant professor of civil engineering technology, served as grand marshal for the ceremonies, which included a procession of graduates, faculty, staff, administration, and members of the Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board.  Faculty marshals were Elizabeth Katrancha, Dr. Mary Lavine, Dr. Thomas Malosh, Dr. Kristen Majocha, Dr. Manisha Nigam, and Dr. Mark Previte.

Jayme Brooks, Class of 2012, led the audience in the singing of the National Anthem and the Alma Mater.  The Pitt-Johnstown community band, under the leadership of Michael L. Bodolosky, also performed.

Speaking at the ceremony Jacob Shirk, Class of 2011, representing the Student Government Association and Elizabeth Murray, shared her "Homeless to Harvard" story.

President Spectar presented the President's Medal of Excellence to Elizabeth Murray, and presented the President's Medal of Excellence in Teaching to Dr. Elena Constantin.

Dr. Janet Grady, interim vice president for academic affairs, presented the candidates for degrees.  Gladys Go '92, president of the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association recognized graduates as new members of the Association and encouraged them to support the college by becoming active in the Association.

Closing remarks were offered by President Spectar.