A new class of 276 Penn State Berks students will receive their baccalaureate and associate degrees on Saturday, May 7, 2016, when Berks hosts the spring 2016 commencement ceremonies.
The college will hold two separate ceremonies for its spring commencement; the first commencement ceremony will be held for students graduating from the EBC (Engineering, Business, and Computing) Division at 10 a.m. The second ceremony for students graduating from the HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences) Division and the Science Division will be held at 2 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held outside on the Perkins Plaza, in front of the Perkins Student Center. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the Beaver Community Center.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Khalid N. Mumin, Superintendent of the Reading School District. Mumin has served as Superintendent of the Reading School District since 2014. Previously, he was employed as Superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools in Maryland. Throughout his career, he has gained meaningful experience in various capacities as a teacher, dean of students, principal, and central administrator.
With a commitment to promoting and sustaining student achievement, equity, and access to educational programming for all students, as well as creating plans that are fiscally responsible, Mumin considers himself a change agent. He maintains a keen focus on fostering collaboration with stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members, public officials, and business partners, as well as college and university faculty and staff. His goal is that all of these groups will come together on the same accord to function as a complete community of learners focused on student success and student access to college and career opportunities.
Mumin earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum from The Pennsylvania State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Shippensburg University, and an Associate of Arts in English from Northeastern Christian Junior College. He also graduated from the Leadership Maryland Program as a member of the Class of 2012, and is a member of several national and local organizations.
The decision to hold two separate commencement ceremonies was made based upon the growing number of degree graduates. This May, a new class of nearly 300 Penn State Berks students will receive their baccalaureate and associate degrees.