Penn State DuBois
Fall Commencement 2013 Information
December 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm, Hiller Building Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Robert Loeb, an associate professor of biology and forestry, is the 2013 DuBois Educational Foundation’s Educator of the Year. His Bachelor of Science degree, from Long Island University, is in biology, biology education, and environmental science and his Ph.D. in biology was granted from New York University. He teaches introductory biology, ethnobotany and biogeography. His work on the reform of collegiate biology teaching includes the National Research Council / National Academy of Sciences sponsored Evolution Education Across the Life Sciences Project; and the National Science Foundation sponsored Biobuilders Consortium, BioQuest Consortium, and Open Science Network in Ethnobiology. Dr. Loeb’s long standing research program focuses on urban forests and undergraduate students are consistently members of his research team. Recent awards include recognition as a Senior Ecologist from the Ecological Society of America and Kenan Fellow of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.
Besides his classroom duties, Rob serves as the academic advisor for biology students, assisting them with scheduling classes, and providing job and graduate school guidance. He represents DuBois campus as an elected representative to the University Faculty Senate, serves on the campus Promotion and Tenure Committee and the Faculty Affairs Committee.
Instructions for Graduates
Follow these steps to be included in the December 2013 Commencement Ceremony:
Declare your intent to graduate – Check your degree audit with your academic advisor to ensure that all graduation requirements have been met. Activate your intent to graduate on eLion. If the deadline has passed, contact the Registrar’s office for help completing this process. Check your address on eLion: Make sure your home and local mailing addresses are correct by selecting the “Address Information” tab. You will be receiving important graduation information by mail. If you do not attend the ceremony, your diploma will be mailed to your home address, so it is very important that the university has your correct address on file.
To R.S.V.P.: Complete and return the Commencement Participation Sheet enclosed in your mailing to Lisa Taylor’s mailbox in the upper level of the Hiller Building or electronically complete the online registration form found here:
There is no limit to the number of guests that you may bring to the December 2013 Ceremony, although we ask you to keep in mind that the auditorium is limited in seating capacity.
Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you are a graduating student with a disability that requires assistance at commencement, please let Lisa Taylor know (375-4705 or email@example.com) as soon as possible.
Your Cap and Gown:
All participants must wear the proper academic regalia (traditional cap and gown) to participate in the graduation ceremonies. All caps and gowns (for both baccalaureate and associate degrees) will be blue with a white tassel and are eco-friendly, made of a wood-based fabric from renewable, managed forests. Graduates and potential graduates who are participating in the Commencement ceremonies can purchase a cap/gown/tassel set from a University bookstore for $40.. For class ring and graduation announcement orders, see Josten’s website at:
Honors cords will be provided for those students by the Chancellor’s Office for those designated as graduating with honors. The registrar’s site lists by college the requirements for the “distinction” designation.
Graduation Day Lineup:
Graduates and members of the graduation party will assemble in the Lions Den Café in the Hiller Building by 6:30 pm. The University is requesting that graduates and guests conduct themselves with the proper decorum and respect that Commencement should receive. Improper displays will not be tolerated.
Reception Following Commencement:
A reception for graduates and guests will be held in the Student Union, Hiller Building, immediately following the graduation exercises.
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