Lydia Buble, Rochester, Pa., Bachelor of Science in Education – Early Childhood and Special Education
When Samantha Pritchard took to the stage at Edinboro University’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, she certainly reflected on her accomplishments.
As a speech and hearing science major, Prichard attended Honors College, served as president of Edinboro’s chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, and worked as a medical technician.
Beyond her resume and achievements – such as outstanding departmental graduation – Prichard reflected on overcoming adversity such as the global COVID-19 pandemic and college stress.
“Not only did we all go through countless struggles over the past two years—we went through those struggles, and we persevered,” says a Titusville, Pa. said Prichard, a U.S. native, who addressed the graduate student. “Despite the changes and curveballs that have been thrown at us – and the excruciating distance between us – we are here, together, at last.”
Prichard was one of 530 students in the Class of 2022 who received their diplomas during Edinboro University celebrations on Saturday.
Dr. Michael Hannan, Vice President of Academic Planning, awarded associate’s and bachelor’s degrees to 398 undergraduates during a morning ceremony at McComb Fieldhouse, and in the afternoon the Louis C. Awarded Master’s degree to 132 undergraduate students at Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall.
Additional speakers included Dr. Scott E. Miller, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; John Wheeler, who serves as student trustee on the Edinboro University Council of Trustees; and Mitch Culle (’90), chairman of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrson gave a virtual address to the orbit of 2022.
“Congratulations for everything you’ve achieved – for the class of 2022,” said Edinboro University interim president Pehrson. When you envision the future you experience the present, and experience inspiration and hope.”
Erica DePalma of Cranesville, PA, who received her Master of Arts in Communication Studies, addresses the student during the graduation ceremony.
DePalma, who served as the Academic, Social and Public Relations Chair for her sorority – Delta Zeta – and manages the EU Phonathon team, recently completed her undergraduate assistance at the Office of Advancement in Edinboro.
DePalma, who received her bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication and a minor in Leadership Studies in 2021, said, “Now that we have conquered our fears and broken barriers, it is time to challenge ourselves to inspire others.” there is time.” Celebrate yourself and everything you’ve achieved, because – let’s face it – you deserve it, I encourage you to explore the world and leave it a better place.
During the graduation ceremony, the University of Edinboro awarded 374 bachelor’s degrees and 24 associate’s degrees. Upon graduation, Edinboro students obtained 110 master’s degrees, 12 program certificates, and 10 Education Administrator letters.
The top majors in the 2022 graduating class were Business Administration (45), Bachelor of Science – Nursing (36), Counseling (36), Fine Arts – Applied Media Arts (33), Psychology (26) and Social Work (23).
By location, Erie County boasted the most Edinboro University graduates this spring, with 192 students. Crawford County was second with 56 graduates, and Allegheny County was third with 34 students.
Magna cum laude honors were awarded to 48 graduates, with 54 graduates earning a summa cum laude and 60 earning cum laude.