Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering holds spring commencement ceremonies
Three hundred mechanical and nuclear engineering students received baccalaureate degrees at the College of Engineering's spring commencement exercises on May 8 at the Bryce Jordan Center, 253 in mechanical engineering and 47 in nuclear engineering.
Student marshals were Kelly McClure for the nuclear engineering program, and Maryellen Overbaugh for the mechanical engineering program. Mechanical engineering students John Merlino and Adam Gordon were also named student marshals representing ROTC and bioengineering, respectively.
This year's commencement address was given by Todd Erdley, president and CEO of Videon Central in State College, Pennsylvania. He spoke to the graduates about being problem solvers, telling graduates that being a problem solver means being a visionary and taking ownership of their vision, their culture and their results. He encouraged graduates to take risks and care about others more than themselves as they endeavor to change the world.
From summer 2014 through spring 2015 a total of 395 undergraduates earned their degrees, 330 in mechanical engineering and 65 in nuclear engineering.
On May 10, thirty-two students received graduate degrees at graduate school commencement in the Bryce Jordan Center. In mechanical engineering ten students received a master’s degree and thirteen received a doctorate degree. In nuclear engineering, five students received a Master of Science degree and two received a doctorate degree. In addition, two students received a Master of Engineering in nuclear engineering, Penn State’s distance education program for professionals working in the nuclear industry.
These graduate students joined the students who received their degrees in summer 2014 and fall 2014 for a total of 95 students earning graduate degrees this academic year.