Clarion University Spring 2019 Commencement

Saturday, May 4, 2019

 Live Stream of Commencement

10:00 A.M. Ceremony - College of Business administration and Information Sciences
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Majors Include:
Accounting, Administration Technology, Business Administration, Business Economics, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Industrial Technology, International Business, Paralegal Studies, Liberal Studies: Library Science, Library Science, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Technology Leadership 

1:00 P.m. Ceremony - College of health Sciences and human services
Clarion, PA                                     

Majors include:
Allied Health Leadership, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Criminal Justice Administration, Liberal Studies concentrations in: (Athletic Coaching, Athletic Training, Sports Management), Medical Imaging Sciences, Nursing, Nutrition & Fitness, Psychology, Rehabilitative Sciences (all concentrations), Rehabilitative Services, Respiratory Care, Speech, Language Pathology, Sport Management

4:00 P.m. Ceremony - College of Arts, Education & Sciences

Majors Include: 
Anthropology, Art, Associate of Arts: Arts and Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood/Special Education, English, Environmental Biology, Environmental Geoscience, Geology,
History, Liberal Studies, Liberal Studies concentrations in: (Communication, Community Services, Education, English, Geography & Sustainable Planning, Global Understanding, Music, Theatre, Women & Gender Studies, Writing),
Mass Media Arts & Journalism, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Master of Education (all concentrations), Middle Level Education (all concentrations), Molecular Biology/Biotechnology, Music Education, Philosophy, Physics,
Political Science, Secondary Education (all concentrations), Sociology, dual major in Sociology/Psychology, Special Education Dual Pre-K-8/7-12, Theater, World Languages: French & Spanish

Venango campus
Friday, may 3, 2019 6:30 pm
Oil City, PA

Venango Campus Commencement Information


clarion Commencement keynote speakers

Dr. Brandon Packard, Assistant Professor, Computing Information Science
10:00 A.M. Ceremony - College of Business Administration & Information Sciences 

Brandon Packard

Dr. Packard is a new faculty member in Clarion University Department of Computer Information Science. He graduated with bachelor’s degrees in computer science and philosophy from Clarion University in 2013 and completed a doctorate in computer science from Drexel University in 2018.

He is the co-advisor for two student groups, TechFloor and AITP and is the founding co-advisor of the Gaming living learning community. He is co-chair of the CIS Recruiting Committee and serves on many other committees as well.

Dr. Packard attended graduate school with the sole purpose of returning to Clarion University to teach. His research interests are gaming, artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as ethical questions relevant to these areas. His primary focus is teaching his students, as Clarion University and its students is one of the great loves of his life.

He is from Volant and resides in Clarion. He is engaged to marry Mandy, the other great love of his life.


Rebecca Mullen, Student Speaker

Mullen Rebecca Mullen of Franklin is a degree candidate for a Bachelor of            Science in Business Administration with a dual major in human resource management and management and a minor in psychology. She will be graduating summa cum laude along with several other achievements.

Mullen is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society and was named 2018-2019 Outstanding Management and Human Resources Management Student of the Year. She is also a member of the Honors Program/Honors Program Graduate with the achievement of completing all eight semesters on the Dean’s List.

At Clarion, Mullen has been highly involved with extracurricular activities and attained multiple leadership positions. She played trumpet in the Venango Chamber Orchestra and Franklin Silver Cornet Band. She was 2017-18 vice president, then 2018-19 president of Clarion University’s Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Mullen was also the 2017-18 vice president and 2018-19 president of Phi Eta Sigma. She was a member of the Society for Advancement of Management where she competed twice in the International Management Conference.

Mullen was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, serving as membership outreach chair during the 2017-18 academic year. Over the past scholastic year, Mullen worked as recruitment coordinator for the Honors Program. She completed human resources internships with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Oil City and Clarion Hospital.

After graduation, Mullen plans a career in human resources and will pursue a Ph.D. in human resources management or organizational behavior. She is the daughter of Barry and Sonya Mullen.


 Dr. Deborah Kelly, Assistant Professor, Chair, Nursing
1:00 P.M. Ceremony - College of Health Sciences & Human Services

Deborah Kelly

Dr. Kelly is the nursing department chair and nurse administrator at Clarion University.

She knew from an early age that she wanted to be a nurse. As a child, Kelly remembers listening to the stories that a neighbor, a pediatric oncology nurse, shared with her. The care and compassion that this nurse had for her patients left a lasting impression on Kelly. After she completed her diploma at Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing, Kelly continued her education, completing her bachelor’s degree at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and her master’s and doctorate in nursing practice at the University of Pittsburgh.   

Kelly worked as an oncology and research nurse and developed a hospice and palliative care program in rural northwestern Pennsylvania. Her passion for nursing and a strong desire to share her knowledge and experiences led her to become a nurse educator 15 years ago. Prior to becoming department chair and nurse administrator, Kelly taught in the ASN, RN-BSN, MSN and DNP programs. She is responsible for overseeing five nursing educational programs and teaching more than 700 students. Kelly received the Camo of Caring award in 2018.

 Kelly lives in Emlenton with her husband Tom and dog Lucy.


Danielle Stoner, Student Speaker

StonerDanielle Stoner of Bellaire, Ohio, is a degree candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with minors in special education and athletic coaching. She maintains a 3.87 GPA and is an eight-time dean’s list honoree. Today, she is graduating summa cum laude.

Stoner served as president of Club Smile, which raises money for cleft lip and palate repair surgeries for individuals in developing countries, and she has been involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). Stoner participated in research to determine the effects of voice disorders on communication in daily living.

 Stoner is a four-year member of the cross-country and track and field teams. During her senior year in cross-country, she received the All-Academic Board of the National Collegiate Division II Women’s Cross Country Coaches Association Award for her achievements in the classroom and on the course. In track, she specializes in the steeple chase and is a three-time PSAC qualifier. Stoner has been a four-year member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, of which she has served as president for the past two years. She has assisted with the organization and operation of many Make-A-Wish fundraisers and the Ernie Awards, through which she was awarded the Sportsmanship Award her junior year for her support of athletics.

She will begin graduate school here at Clarion University to obtain her master’s degree in speech language pathology. Upon graduation, she plans to work with children in a school or medical setting.

Danielle is the daughter of Rodney and April Stoner.


Dr. Ralph Leary, Professor, English   
4:00 P.M. Ceremony - College of Arts, Education & Sciences

Ralph Leary

Ralph Leary has taught at Clarion for 30 years. He is a professor in the English department, where he teaches dramatic literature ranging from ancient Greek to Shakespeare to modern and contemporary drama. He has also taught the first-year Honors course for most of his years at Clarion. 

Leary has engaged in the practical aspects of theatre, acting in numerous Clarion University productions, mostly in Shakespeare plays. He is chairman of the National Critics Institute in Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion.

Leary and his wife, Nancy, live in Clarion, where they have raised their three children: Kevin, Brian and Katherine.


Nicole Hrip, Student Speaker


Nicole L. Hrip of Butler maintains a 3.9 GPA while being highly involved on campus.   Throughout her time at Clarion, Hrip worked  as a consultant for the University Writing Center, was copy editor and peer assistant for The Clarion Call, tutor for TRIO Upward Bound program, and assistant editor for the Bridge Literary Arts Journal.   In 2017, she participated in the Walt Disney World College Program. Hrip published a short story in the 2019 edition of the Tobeco Literary Journal. She was the recipient of The Department of Communication Scholarship and was also named the Outstanding Senior by the Department of Communication. Today, she will receive her Bachelor of Science in communication with a concentration in journalism, and a minor in creative writing. Nicole is the daughter of Irene and Steven Hrip.




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