Clarion University WINTER 2016 Commencement

Saturday, DECEMBER 17, 2016

2016 Winter Commencement Scheduled as Planned

It is anticipated that regardless of weather conditions, Clarion University's Winter Commencement, scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016, in the Waldo Tippin Gymnasium, will go on as planned. Students, parents and guests will have access to the gymnasium starting at 11:00 a.m.

Guests who have concerns with traveling due to weather conditions are advised to use their own judgment related to traveling. The university will offer a live stream video of the 1:00 p.m. commencement ceremony that will be available during the ceremony and until Monday, January 2, 2017.

To access the live stream video, please click on the link below:


 Milissa Steiner Bauer
Commencement Speaker

bauerMrs. Milissa Steiner Bauer is from Butler and the first grandchild from her father's side of the family to graduate with a four-year college degree. Milissa attended Butler High School and then came to Clarion University.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting with a minor in computer information systems.

She was a member the four-time NCAA Division II National Championship swim team from 1980 to 1984. She and former swim coach Becky Leas partnered to endow the Dr. Rebecca Leas Scholarship for women on the swim team.

In 1990, Milissa became vice president of administration at Kriebel Minerals, Inc., and currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Milissa is very active in the community. She organized fundraising for the Clarion County Striker Soccer Field and is a member of many of the booster clubs for Clarion Area High School.

She is chairman of Clarion County YMCA Board and formerly served as treasurer. She is co-chairman and co-creator of the Children's Scholarship Fund of Pennsylvania, and co-chairman of the Clarion County YMCA Capital Fund.

She is a founding member of the "Save the Treasured Chest" group who walked 60 miles in three days for breast cancer awareness and to raise money for the Clarion Hospital Cancer Fund.

Milissa received the Papal Honor of the Equestrian Order of the Ladies of Saint Gregory the Great from Pope Benedict XVI. She is co-recipient with Al Lander of the Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry Citizen of the Year, awarded in March 2016.

She was appointed to the Council of Trustees in October 2012 and reappointed in 2013; she currently serves as secretary. Milissa and her husband Todd have been married for 20 years and reside in Clarion.  They have one child, Zak, who is a junior at Clarion Area High School.

Alfred H. Lander
Commencement Speaker

landerAlfred H. Lander was born and raised on a farm in Lucinda, Pa., one of 10 children, including one brother and eight sisters. He attended St. Joseph School in Lucinda for 12 years before continuing his education at Clarion University, where he earned a BSBA. He then received a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron.

After graduation, Al returned to Clarion and founded the Law Offices of Greco & Lander, P.C., with Dom W. Greco, where he has practiced law for over 39 years.

Al is very involved in the community and community activities. He serves as chairman of a committee for construction of St. Joe's pre-school; chairman of St. Joe's Finance Council; he is co-chairman and co-creator of the Children's Scholarship Fund of Pennsylvania and co-chairman of the Clarion County YMCA Capital Campaign.

He is a member of Diocesan Finance Council for the Catholic Diocese of Erie and received the Papal Honor of the Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory the Great.

In 2014, he organized Rail 66 Country Trail and developed the first 4.3 miles of a 73-mile rail corridor into a hike and bike trail. He sponsors the annual United Way 5k/10k race, as well as St. Joe's annual July 3 5k race. In 2015 he was awarded the Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry Citizen of the Year Award.

Al serves on the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors. He received the 2015 Clarion University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Al and his wife, Jan, have been married for 38 years. Together, they endowed the Clarion University Civic Engagement Scholarship, which has provided three full scholarships each year since 2010.

The couple has three daughters: Kate, Maggie and Sarah. They have two grandchildren and two more on the way.



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