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A total of 656 students are eligible to participate in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s graduate and undergraduate winter commencement ceremonies on Saturday.

The ceremony for graduate students receiving master’s and doctoral degrees will be at 9:30 a.m. in the IUP Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium. The undergraduate ceremony will be at 1 p.m. in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Students completing degrees in December and January are invited to participate in the December commencement ceremonies. Of the eligible candidates for graduation, 453 are bachelor’s degree candidates, 161 are master’s degree candidates, 38 are doctoral degree candidates and four are associate degree candidates.

One hundred and seventy three of those receiving undergraduate degree are graduating with 3.25 cumulative grade point average or above.

Two area students will be recognized for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average at the undergraduate ceremony. They are Anna Manges, a biology major and geology minor from Indiana; and Nicholas Mays, a political science major from Northern Cambria.

Dr. R. Scott Moore, professor of history and IUP’s 2019-20 Distinguished University Professor, will serve as the keynote speaker for both the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies. The Distinguished University Professorship is presented annually to an IUP faculty member based on outstanding teaching, research and scholarly activity.

IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll will preside over both ceremonies, which will include greetings from Alumni Association President John Simpson.

Morgan Stewart, a biology pre-veterinary track graduate from Wallingford and a member of the IUP Student Philanthropy Council, will present the senior class gift. More than 136 December and January graduates, honored with crimson and gray philanthropy cords, contributed $2,861.82 through the Senior Class Gift “pick your passion” project. When making their contribution, students selected the fund or program that they wanted to support.

Tony Anthony, a fine arts music performance graduate from Vinco, will sing the national anthem and alma mater.

Braeden Appleman, a communications media production summa cum laude graduate from Roaring Springs, has been selected as the student speaker for the undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Debonair Oates-Primus, of Philadelphia, who is receiving her doctoral degree in literature and criticism, will be the speaker for the graduate commencement ceremony.