Graduation, slated for May 9, will feature address by alumna
Penn State Hazleton will hold its forty-fourth annual commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the Dr. Thomas M. Caccese Gymnasium in the Physical Education Building. More than 100 graduates are slated to receive Penn State associate and baccalaureate degrees. Guest speaker for the event is alumna Zena-Marie Lewoc who graduated from the campus in 2012.
A highlight of this year's event is the first graduating class in the new bachelor's degree in engineering with a focus in alternative energy and power generation.
Lewoc began her career in supply chain and logistics with Geisinger Health System just days after graduation. She earned several promotions during her first year and advanced to the position of sourcing specialist responsible for managing contracts and participating in multi-million dollar initiatives.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Penn State Hazleton where she was an extremely active and award-winning student. She was involved in numerous organizations including Student Government Association, THON, Council of Commonwealth Student Governments, and Penn State Hazleton Campus Council.
She was the first student elected president of the Student Government Association for both her junior and senior years and received the Dr. Dwayne A. Hilton Illumination Award, a university-wide recognition.
In 2011 and 2012, Lewoc also received the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award, making her the only campus student to twice achieve that honor. Presented annually, the Walker award recognizes a student with outstanding qualities of character, scholarship, leadership and citizenship, who has positively affected fellow students, and who has contributed to the prestige and well-being of their campus and to the University as a whole.
In addition to participating in a wide range of fundraising events for THON during her education at Penn State Hazleton, Lewoc danced in the 46-hour dance marathon which benefits pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Through all of her involvement in activities, service and leadership opportunities at Penn State Hazleton, Lewoc excelled in the classroom and earned Dean’s List honors throughout her collegiate career.
Even after graduation, Lewoc still is actively involved in the campus, serving as second vice president of the Greater Hazleton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, a board member of the Penn State Hazleton Alumni Society, and a member of the Penn State Hazleton Council, the campus advisory board.
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