Clarion University WINTER 2018 Commencement
Saturday, December 15, 2018

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10:00 a.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

2:00 P.m. Ceremony - College of Business & information sciences and
                                           College of health SCIENCES & human services

Majors include:
Accounting, Administration Technology, Allied Health Leadership, Business Administration, Business Economics, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Computer Science, Criminal Justice Administration, Data Analytics, Economics, Finance, Human Resource, Information Systems, Industrial Technology, International Business, Liberal Studies concentrations in: (Athletic Coaching, Athletic Training, Library Science, Sports Management), Library Science, Management, Marketing, Medical Imaging Sciences, Nursing, Nutrition & Fitness, Paralegal Studies, Psychology, Rehabilitative Sciences (all concentrations), Real Estate, Rehabilitative Services, Respiratory Care, Speech, Language Pathology, Sport Management, Technology Leadership


Commencement keynote speakers

Mr. James Lyle, Professor, Communication
10:00 A.M. Ceremony - College of Arts, Education, Sciences


 Mr. Lyle has been a faculty member at Clarion University since 2001 and is an assistant professor in Clarion University Department of Communication. He serves as chair of Faculty Senate. Lyle’s academic interests focus on the study of rhetoric and argumentation, particularly politically driven communication. In addition to teaching for the Department of Communication, he also teaches the speech portion of the Modes of Discourse class for the Honors Program. As director of Speech & Debate Team, he has coached teams to a number of team and individual awards, including a pair of American Debate Association national championships. Lyle lives in Shippenville with his wife Courtney and two children, Connor and Addison.


Ms. Mallory Piercy, Student Speaker  

Mallory Piercy

Mallory Piercy is a degree candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education, with a minor in Political Science. 

Throughout her time at Clarion, Piercy has been active in several campus organizations, notably the Student Pennsylvania Education Association. Here she served a two-year internship as the state chair for political action and advocacy for Pennsylvania’s student program. During her time as chair, Piercy was elected to the Resolutions Committee of the National Education Association, where she continued to advocate for policy that would fund and equalize public schools across the nation. She was vice president of Kappa Delta Pi National Honors Society and is an active member of Clarion University Council for the Social Studies. 

Piercy recently presented research about discussion-based learning strategies for student teachers and first-year teachers at the National Council for the Social Studies convention in Chicago. In 2017, she analyzed cross-curricular methods for teaching English and social studies in her presentation, Political Lessons of Harry Potter. 

Upon graduation, Piercy will teach middle school English while she attends New England School of Law by evening. Her future goals include teaching and learning in public schools, where she believes true equity lies. She plans to earn a Juris Doctor that will light a pathway to her passion for shaping education policy. 

She is the daughter of Greg and Jenny Piercy.

 Dr. C. Frank Shepard, Professor, Finance
2:00 P.M. Ceremony - College of Business & Information Sciences and 
College of Health Sciences & Human Services

Frank Shepard

Dr. Frank Shepard has been a faculty member of the Finance Department of Clarion University since 1990. He received a Juris Doctor in law from the University Of Akron School Of Law in in 1982. He also attended the University of Pittsburgh and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in History from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. 

He is the founder and editor of the Clarion University Law Journal. He has been serving as director of Clarion’s paralegal program since 1991. During that time, he has continually worked to modernize the program. To this end he has revamped the program multiple times including the creation of a BSBA in Paralegal Studies, a Concentration in Courts and Community Services, and two Paralegal Certificates. The process of modernization required that he create nine additional law courses.

During his tenure at Clarion he has taught twenty-two different classes, including two criminal justice courses and all law classes offered by the College of Business.  He currently teaches business law, paralegal courses and three MBA courses per year. 

Frank Shepard is a licensed attorney who primarily does pro bono work. Prior to beginning his teaching career he was legal aid attorney. He has three children and lives with his wife Karen in Seneca, PA.

Mr. Kyle P. Stuart, Student Speaker 

Kyle StuartKyle P. Stuart of Clarion is a degree candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. 

Stuart is a United States Armed Services veteran. He served as corporal of the United States Marine Corps. He successfully completed recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, and held the Field Mess NCO position for more than two years. He was deployed to Japan for six months and Afghanistan for seven months. Stuart earned an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2015. 

Stuart works as a technology advisor at Verizon Wireless-Moorehead Communications in Clarion.  He is the son of Helen Stuart.



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