Confers Degrees to 224 Students
For immediate release May 8, 2006
PA – Thiel College granted degrees to 224 men and
women during Sunday’s Spring
Commencement exercises in the college’s William A. Passavant Memorial
Two hundred and twenty-four bachelor of arts
degrees and three associate of arts degrees were awarded during the
college’s 132nd spring
graduation ceremony. Three honorary doctorates were also presented
and one retiring faculty member was granted emeritus
Thiel College President and CEO Dr. Lance A.
Masters welcomed the graduating class, parents, and friends. He
also conferred the degrees and distributed the diplomas.
John N. Gardner, founder and
executive director of The Policy Center on the First Year of College,
provided the keynote address titled “Giving Praise, Giving Thanks,
Following his address, Gardner and three others – the
Rev. Martin M. Roth ’66, pastor
of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and William Slater II ’80, president
and owner of William Slater & Sons Inc. funeral homes – were
awarded honorary doctorate degrees.
Dr. W. Jeffrey Welsh, vice
president for academic affairs, presented retiring faculty member
Dr. James Bloomfield, professor of history, and awarded him with professor
Two students – Gregory L. Allison of Greensburg,
Pa., and Lisa Rae Schaefer of Jefferson, Ohio – earned
valedictorian honors for achieving perfect 4.0 grade
point averages. Anna
Michelle Pischera of Ravenna, Ohio, was named
salutatorian for achieving a 3.979 grade point average.
Allison graduated summa cum
laude, an honor presented to students who have earned a grade point
average of 3.8 or higher. He
graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting, actuarial studies
and business administration. He received departmental honors in
his majors and was also awarded a Dean’s Key for being named to
the dean’s list all eight semesters.
Schaefer, who also graduated summa cum laude, earned
a bachelor of arts degree in parish education and religion. She received
departmental honors in religion.
Pischera graduated summa cum
laude and earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and environmental
chemistry. She received
departmental honors in chemistry and was also the recipient of the Dean’s
Senior Class President Joshua S. Cialone of
Van Voorhis, Pa., offered greetings from the graduating class. Senior
Gift Committee member Melanie
N. Cragg of Greenville presented the class gift – a Tomcat
statue to be placed on campus.
Cragg also delivered the senior address “Reflecting
on the Past, Looking Toward the Future.”
Welsh presented the class for degrees. Dr. Christopher H. Moinet,
English professor, served as faculty marshal. The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Baglyos,
college pastor, provided the invocation and benediction. Special
music was provided by the Kathryn A. Gray, adjunct professor
of music, and the Thiel Choir under the direction of Dr. Michael R.