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Commencement set for May 14

4/29/2010 —

John RomanoPenn State York will celebrate its 40th annual spring commencement at 6 p.m. Friday, May 14, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the campus.  John J. Romano, Ph.D., vice president for commonwealth campuses at The Pennsylvania State University and a former campus executive officer at York, is the commencement speaker.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.  For those who cannot attend the event, Penn State York's commencement can be viewed on Comcast cable channel 18 or streaming on the Web site at www2.yk.psu.edu/commencement.

Romano became part of the Penn State community more than four decades ago and has diligently served the University in a variety of positions throughout those years.  At the end of June, he will leave his post to spend time with his family and pursue his personal interests of sailing, traveling, reading, and golfing.

A familiar face in York, Romano served as the campus executive officer at Penn State York from 1985 to 1993 and during that time was successful in increasing campus enrollments and outreach activities in York and Lancaster.  He led the campaign that resulted in the building of the M. S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center and was instrumental in helping the campus gain funding and support for the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, the Lee R. Glatfelter Library, and the John T. and Paige S. Smith Atrium, which opened in 2005.  Romano was the commencement speaker at York in 2005 in celebration of the first commencement in the newly opened Pullo Center.  View his full bio here.

The campus will award associate and baccalaureate degrees and recognize master's degree graduates during the program.  The ceremony is free and open to the public. 

In addition to hearing from Romano, Penn State York will continue its tradition of the open microphone where graduates can speak for a moment.  The top associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree graduates will also say a few words.  A number of former Penn State York students who completed their degree work at another campus of Penn State will return to their home campus, York, to receive their degrees during the ceremony.

A reception will follow the ceremony.

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