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Graduate School Commencement

Graduate School Commencement

Commencement exercises for Penn State graduate students are held three times a year: at the end of the fall and spring semesters and at the end of the summer session. Attendance at commencement is expected. Students who do not attend commencement ceremonies will receive their diplomas in the mail. Diplomas are mailed by the University Registrar, and mailing addresses should be updated on LionPATH.

Information for advanced degree candidates is provided on the University's commencement website.

Spring 2017 Commencement
Sunday, May 7, in the Bryce Jordan Center at 6:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Andrew F. Read, Ph.D.
Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor of Biotechnology

Andrew Read’s research group investigates the pathogen adaptation prompted by medical and public health measures, most obviously drug and insecticide resistance, and also the evolution of virulence, infectiousness and vaccine escape. He is particularly interested in the question of how best to treat patients so as to minimize resistance evolution. Originally from New Zealand, Read did a D.Phil. in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Oxford.  He held various fellowships at Oxford and then at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, before becoming Chair of Natural History there, a Professorship established in 1767. He taught ecology, evolution, microbiology, and statistics. He has authored more than 200 peer-review papers, 30 book chapters and four edited volumes, and been elected to Fellowships from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin, the AAAS, the American Academy of Microbiology and The Royal Society.  In 2007, he moved to the Centre for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University, where he is Evan Pugh Professor in Biology and Entomology, Eberly Professor in Biotechnology, and Director of Penn State’s Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics. More information is available at

View a list of previous Graduate School commencement speakers.

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