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Higher Education chancellor serves as keynote speaker

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University recently celebrated the achievements of 85 graduates during the winter commencement ceremony in Price Performance Center.

The student speaker was graduating senior, Mia Swales, a communication major of Lusby, Maryland. Swales is a first generation college student and the oldest of five siblings. She said, three-and-a-half years ago, she left the shores of the Chesapeake Bay for the banks of the Susquehanna River to attend Lock Haven University.

“My family didn’t have the opportunities I have had, but they made a way for me,” Swales said. “My parents taught me it is our duty to be of service to those in front of, behind and beside us.”

Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Daniel Greenstein, Pennsylvania’s State System of Education Chancellor. Greenstein commented on how universities like Lock Haven University are among the few places in the country, where people engage with others who are not like themselves.

Following the roll call of graduates by Dr. Matthew Girton, communication department chair, Dr. Robert Pignatello, university president, offered congratulations to the graduates. Pignatello welcomed them into the alumni family, in which they join leaders in their communities. “They are making significant contributions to our society, and you will too,” he said.

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