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Winter commencement Sunday at IUP

on December 12, 2008 12:00 AM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present an honorary doctorate to one of its graduates and feature two student speakers, including an Indiana resident, at commencement ceremonies Sunday.

There will be two separate ceremonies for the graduates and their families and friends. The ceremony for students earning master’s and doctoral degrees will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium. The ceremony for students receiving undergraduate degrees will be at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House.

A total of 562 students have earned bachelor’s degrees, and one associate degree will be presented. Two hundred sixty-three students will receive master’s degrees and 42 students have completed requirements for doctoral degrees. Students who have completed coursework in both August and December are invited to take part in the midyear ceremonies.

Nearly half of the IUP bachelor’s degree recipients qualify for Latin honors with grade-point averages of 3.25 or above.

Donald E. Bierer, of Indiana, will be honored during the undergraduate ceremony for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during his studies at IUP. Bierer will receive a bachelor’s degree in political science at the ceremony.

Nour Fadi Arnaout, a human resources management major originally from Sidon, Lebanon, now residing in Indiana, was selected as the undergraduate ceremony speaker. Arnaout, the daughter of Fadi and Aida Arnaout, is a 2005 graduate of Rafic Hariri High School. She lives with host parents John and Monica Kowalski, of White Farm Road in White Township.

Arnaout was part of a 13-member team from IUP that took second place overall in an international business competition in October in Bangalore, India. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and the National Scholars Honor Society, and received the Model United Nations Award of Excellence in 2007 and the M. Thomas Moore Scholarship in 2007 and 2008.

Dr. Sarah E. Deitz, of Morgantown, W.Va., an August graduate of the doctoral program in clinical psychology, will serve as the student speaker for the graduate ceremony.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Robert C. Anderson, an internationally recognized behavioral scientist and social worker, will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree at the undergraduate commencement ceremony and offer remarks.

Anderson is a 1967 graduate of IUP. A 20-year Air Force veteran, he is a founder of the Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency, Provo, Utah, and serves as the program’s director of behavioral medicine and bioethics, a position he has held since October 1994.


First published Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008

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