IST commencement ceremony to be streamed live
by Stephanie Koons, IST staff writer
Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) will hold its spring 2012 commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Eisenhower Auditorium. The ceremony can be viewed live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ist-commencement-2012.
The ceremony will include special remarks by the commencement speaker, Dr. Irvin Wladawsky-Berger, chairman emeritus of the IBM Academy of Technology; individual recognition of each graduate while crossing the stage; and a welcome into the Penn State Alumni Association by Paul Horn (IST '04), president of the IST Alumni Society.
Since retiring from IBM in 2007 after 37 years of service, Wladawsky-Berger has continued to consult for IBM in a number of initiatives, including cloud computing, Smart Planet and other technical and innovation areas. In March 2008, he joined Citigroup as strategic advisor, helping with innovation and technology initiatives across the company.
The IST student marshals for this year’s commencement are Elizabeth Bartels and Eric Papamarcos, along with ROTC student marshal Nicholas Orlando.
Bartels, a Schreyer Honors College student, will be escorted by faculty marshal Dr. Gerry Santoro. At Penn State, she was president of the IST Game Design Club, chair of the IST Student Government’s Academic Committee, a member of Women in IST (WIST), and a member of Gamma Tau Phi (IST Honors Society). In addition, she has been an IST Diplomat and president of the Doctor Who Fan Club. She is receiving a B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) and a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology (IST), with a minor in geography. After graduation, she plans to work and become involved in the IST Alumni Society.
Papamarcos, who will be escorted by faculty marshal Dr. Steven Haynes, won the Evan Pugh Scholar Award in both his junior and senior years, and was named the Penn State Club Sports Non-Traditional Officer of the Year for 2009-10. He is receiving a B.S. in IST with a minor in SRA. He has accepted a position at Microsoft as a software engineer.
While at Penn State, Orlando upheld various leadership roles within Penn State’s Naval ROTC Unit. He was responsible and accountable for 24 individuals within the Battalion (Fall 2010) and served as a secondary squad leader for the Penn State Naval ROTC Drill Team. He is receiving a B.S. in SRA. He will commission into the U.S. Navy as an ensign, and in June, will be heading to LSD 47 USS Rushmore out of San Diego.
To honor the graduates and their families, an ice cream social will be held prior to the ceremony in Reese's Cafe and the West Atrium of the IST Building from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.
For the commencement ceremony, graduates must arrive at Eisenhower Auditorium and check in to receive their name card no later than 2:30 p.m. The processional will begin promptly at 3 p.m.