Spring break week:
This year's luncheon for student scholarship recipients and the donors who made their scholarships possible will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009. This elegant lunch is provided to give the students an opportunity to chat with the donors about their activities, scholastic achievements, and plans for the future. Invitations are in the mail. If your student received a donor scholarship this past year, please encourage him/her to attend.
PBS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER TO SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Chief Operating Officer Michael D. Jones will be the keynote speaker at the 21st annual commencement ceremony at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m., in Chambers Hall. PBS is a network of 356 member stations reaching more than 65 million people.
Prior to joining PBS in January 2009, Mr. Jones was senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). FINRA is the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States.
During his 13 year tenure with FINRA, formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), Mr. Jones was responsible for all day-to-day internal operations and business affairs. Mr. Jones, an attorney, also has served as deputy director/counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission and has worked for two U.S. Senators.
With his extensive background in finances and communication to draw on, Mr. Jones will provide the graduates of the 2009 Pitt-Greensburg graduating class with valuable insights and perspectives during these difficult economic times.
Important 2009 Commencement Information
Commencement will be Saturday, April 25 2009 at
PLEASE NOTE TIME! This is a change from past years.
Caps and gowns—All graduates planning to march in the ceremony are required to wear caps and gowns.
Honor cords—Honor cords for cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude will be distributed at the graduation ceremony. You will receive a letter from Academic Affairs in March regarding your honors. Please be sure to contact them if you have any questions, otherwise, your honors may not be listed correctly in the program or announced at the ceremony.
Honor societies—If you are a member of an academic honor society, contact the faculty or staff advisor of that honor society for information regarding honor medallions.
Announcements—Information for ordering graduation announcements will be available in the Book Center starting Feb 2, 2009. NOTE: Announcements are NOT invitations to the ceremony
Invitations and RSVP—Invitations will be mailed in early March. You MUST RSVP if you plan to take part in the ceremony. A reply card and return envelope will be included with your invitation. Make sure you indicate how many guests you plan to bring for an outdoor as well as an indoor ceremony.
Tickets—Once you have RSVP’d your tickets will be mailed to you. A maximum of six tickets will be issued for an outdoor ceremony and four for an indoor ceremony. If we are forced indoors, guests without tickets will have the option of watching the ceremony on a closed-circuit screen in Ferguson Theater. DO NOT LOSE YOUR TICKETS. We are unable to issue extras.
Alumni Reception and Rehearsal—On Friday, April 24th the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association (PGAA) will host a reception for all graduates in the Alumni Pavilion at 5:15 p.m. Rehearsal for graduation will begin at 6:00 p.m. It is VERY important that you attend the rehearsal.
Parent Appreciation Dinner—University President, Dr. Sharon P. Smith is hosting a special dinner to honor all graduates and their parents. It will be held immediately following rehearsal on Friday, April 24th. Personal invitations will be mailed to your home address. The cost is $20 per person and advance reservations are requested. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Murphy 724-836-7496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legacy Presentations—Are your parents Pitt alumni? If mom or dad graduated from any Pitt campus, they are invited to participate in the graduation ceremony. As a Pitt alum, they will have the honor of escorting you onto the stage and presenting you with your diploma. To participate, please email your name and the name of your parents to Nancy Murphy at email@example.com.
Professional photographs—There will be a professional photograph taken of each graduate as they receive their diploma. These photos will be available for purchase online.
Flowers—Flowers will be available for purchase and to pre-order from Commencement Flowers. More information will be available soon on our website.
Commemorative DVD—A professional quality DVD of the commencement will be available for purchase. More information on ordering your DVD will available soon on our website.
Address Changes—If your address changes at anytime between now and April 25, please be sure to contact Academic Advising at 724-836-9940.
Questions—Contact Sheila Confer in 102 Village Hall (724-836-9905 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or if you need information regarding special accommodations you or your guests might need.
You can also view graduation information
on our Web site. Click on the graduation link.