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Fall Commencement Information

Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm, DuBois Country Club


Fall 2015 Commencement Speaker Nancy Micks

Commencement Speaker:  Nancy J. Micks

Born in Brookville, Nancy Micks moved to DuBois as a child when her family relocated here in 1950. It was at this time that her parents, Paul and Dorothy Reitz, moved their business, Riverside Markets, to DuBois and established the company's new headquarters. Other than seven years spent in the Altoona area, Nancy has lived and worked in DuBois since her family first settled down here.

Since childhood, Nancy has possessed a deep passion for community and involvement.  She worked locally in the hotel industry for twenty years while raising her two daughters.  This past June, Nancy retired after 17 years from the Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Corporation.  During those years Nancy gladly embraced the many opportunities she had to work with local, county, regional and state governments to provide assistance to the people and businesses that call this area home.

Nancy has served as a director and/or officer of many area organizations:  DuBois Free Clinic, Penn Highlands DuBois, DuBois Area Chamber of Commerce, PA Chamber of Commerce Executives, DuBois Renaissance, Inc., DuBois Rotary Club, DuBois Area United Way, North Central Regional Planning & Development, Bucktail Council Boy Scouts of America, NW PA Great Outdoors, Clearfield County Tourism, DuBois Village, Clearfield County Collaboration and Prevention Board, Clearfield County Industrial Development Authority, and the Winkler Gallery of Art & Education.  Nancy also served as a member of the DuBois City Council and became state certified for Planning and Economic Growth in PA.

Nancy and her husband John live in DuBois, as do both daughters and six grandchildren.


Instructions for Graduates

Follow these steps to be included in the December 2015 Commencement Ceremony:

Declare your intent to graduate – Check your degree audit with your academic advisor to ensure that all graduation requirements have been met. Activate your intent to graduate on eLion.  If the deadline has passed, contact the Registrar’s office for help completing this process. Check your address on eLion:  Make sure your home and local mailing addresses are correct by selecting the “Address Information” tab.  You will be receiving important graduation information by mail.  If you do not attend the ceremony, your diploma will be mailed to your home address, so it is very important that the university has your correct address on file.

R.S.V.P.:  Complete and return the Commencement Participation Sheet enclosed in the mailing to Lisa Taylor’s mailbox in the upper level of the Hiller Building or electronically complete the online registration form found here: Registration Form


We request that you limit your guests to six for the Fall 2015 ceremony.   If you want to invite more, we request that you check with the Chancellor’s office (375-4705) closer to the time of the ceremony to see if they can be accommodated.

Graduation with Distinction:

Honors cords will be provided for those students by the Chancellor’s Office for those designated as graduating with honors.  The registrar’s site lists by college the requirements for the “distinction” designation. You may find the requirements at this website.

Disability Accommodations:

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  If you are a graduating student with a disability that requires assistance at commencement, please let Lisa Taylor know (375-4705 or ljt2@psu.edu) as soon as possible.

Ordering Your Cap and Gown:

All participants must wear the proper academic regalia (traditional cap and gown) to participate in the graduation ceremonies. All caps and gowns (for both baccalaureate and associate degrees) will be blue with a white tassel and are eco-friendly, made of a wood-based fabric from renewable, managed forests.  Graduates and potential graduates who are participating in the Commencement ceremonies can purchase a cap/gown/tassel set from a University bookstore for $40.   Please contact the campus bookstore to give them your size. Honors cords will be provided for those students by the Chancellor’s Office for those designated as graduating with honors.  For class ring and graduation announcement orders, see Josten’s website at: www.jostens.com

Graduation Day Lineup: 

Graduates and members of the graduation party will assemble in the Ballroom A at the DuBois Country Club by 6:30 pm. The University is requesting that graduates and guests conduct themselves with the proper decorum and respect that Commencement should receive.  Improper displays will not be tolerated.

Reception Following Commencement: 

A reception for graduates and guests will be held immediately following the graduation exercises at the DuBois Country Club.