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Cal U held its 193rd Commencement Dec. 10-11 at the Convocation Center on the university’s campus.  Approximately 1,000 students completed their associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in August or December 2021. In addition, all members of the Class of 2020, who had their ceremonies postponed due to COVID-19, were invited to participate.

It was the first commencement ceremony at Cal U for interim President Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, who began her role in July. Guest speaker was Cal U alumnus Jesse McLean Jr., Classes of 1983 and 1994, executive director of Western Pennsylvania for Pressley Ridge.

Jesse McLean Jr., Cal U alumnus and guest speaker at the 193rd Commencement, addresses graduates. McLean is executive director of Western Pennsylvania for Pressley Ridge.

Nicole Torrey, of Bethel Park, who earned her master’s degree in special education, waves to her family.   



JAlexis Nicole Fleming (left), a 2020 social work graduate from Manor, and Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, interim Cal U president.


Communication disorders classmates MacKenzie Darst (left) of Masontown, Erin Patrick of Cranberry and Lindsay Pegg of Smithfield celebrate their degrees.




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