College holds two commencement ceremonies to meet needs of graduates

For the first time in its history, Penn State Berks will hold two separate ceremonies for its spring commencement. On Saturday, May 9, 2015, 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.


B.S. in Accounting

B.S. in Business

B.S. in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology

B.S. in Hospitality Management

B.S. in Information Sciences & Technology

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

B.S. in Security & Risk Analysis

Associate Degree in Business Administration

Associate Degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Associate Degree in Information Sciences & Technology

B.A. in American Studies

B.A. in Applied Psychology

B.S. in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education - Elementary Education Teaching Option (PK-4)

B.A. in Communication Arts & Sciences

B.A./B.S. in Criminal Justice

B.A. in Global Studies

B.S. in Organizational Leadership

B.A. in Professional Writing

B.S. in Rehabilitation & Human Sciences

B.A. in Theatre

Associate Degree in Letters, Arts & Sciences

B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

B.S. in Biology

B.S. in Kinesiology

B.S. in Science

Associate Degree in Agricultural Business

Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy

For the EBC ceremony at 10 a.m., students are required to arrive at the Perkins Student Center at 8:45 a.m. for registration, instructions, and robing. Guests must arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. for seating. In the event of inclement weather, the Beaver Community Center will open at 8:30 a.m. There will be a reception prior to the ceremony, from 7:30?8:30 a.m. in Tully?s, located in the Perkins Student Center.

For the HASS and Science ceremony at 2 p.m., students are required to arrive at the Perkins Student Center at 12:45 p.m. for registration, instructions, and robing. Guests must arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. for seating. In the event of inclement weather, the Beaver Community Center will open at 12:30 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony in Tully?s, located in the Perkins Student Center.

The decision to hold two separate commencement ceremonies was necessitated by the growing number of degree graduates. This May, a new class of nearly 200 Penn State Berks students will participate in the ceremony, receiving their baccalaureate and associate degrees. Nearly 250 students will have earned their degrees from Penn State Berks.

Dr. Madlyn L. Hanes, Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses of Penn State University, will be the keynote speaker. As Vice President, Hanes has executive oversight for 20 campuses of the University.

Hanes has served as a consultant to international ministries of education and boards of higher education in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Israel, and Korea, including a special appointment to the University Council of Jamaica by the Prime Minister. She serves on the network executive board (past chair) of the Inclusive Excellence Group and the Commission on Women in Higher Education of the American Council on Education (ACE). She also serves as vice chair of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

In 1988, Hanes joined Penn State University as the Chief Academic Officer of Penn State Delaware County, now Penn State Brandywine. In 1997, she was named Chief Executive Officer of Penn State Great Valley, and in 1998, founding head of its School of Graduate Professional Studies. From 2000-2010, Hanes served as Chancellor of Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College.

Hanes holds the rank of Professor and a C.C.C. in speech-language pathology from the Professional Services Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She earned a B.A. in English education, a M.A. in speech-language pathology, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, with a specialization in language and literacy development, from the University of Florida.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Hanes was awarded the 2015 Donna Shavlik Award for Advancing Women in Higher Education, presented by the American Council on Education. She has also received the Athena Award from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation, the Betty Landman Award for Advancement of Women from the Pennsylvania ACE State Network, the Visionary of the Year Award from the Great Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Administrative Excellence Award from The Pennsylvania State University.