|Clarion University President Karen M. Whitney congratulates one of 480 students who graduated during winter commencement Dec. 15 at Tippin Gym.|
Dustin McElhattan (’09, MBA ‘11) was joined by student speaker Casey Batey to address approximately 480 Clarion University graduates at the winter commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 in Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium.
McElhattan, associate product manager at Clarion Research Group, obtained both his Bachelor of Science in biology and his Master of Business Administration at Clarion University. His topic was "Making the Transition."
“It’s the right size campus – small enough that you get personal attention, big enough that you get to meet new people,” McElhattan said. “It creates an environment that provides you the room to grow."
Outside of the classroom, McElhattan participated in student senate, biology clubs, and worked with the women’s varsity basketball team. “A lot of experiences across the campus are what got me in the door (at Clarion Research Group),” he said.
Batey, a senior degree candidate for a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, has also found success at Clarion, both in and outside of class. In her time at the university, Batey served as a community assistant for Campus View Suites and as a member of the women’s basketball team. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society, the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, and Clarion Students Educating Young Children. Off-campus, Batey has served as girls’ head basketball coach at Clarion Area Middle School and as girls’ junior varsity and varsity assistant basketball coach at Norwin High School.
Following graduation, Batey hopes to begin her teaching career, pursue a Master of Education in school administration and continue coaching.
Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.