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5/4/2010 —

More than 100 Penn State Brandywine students will receive their associate and baccalaureate degrees when the campus holds its annual Spring Commencement 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 15 in the Commons Building Gymnasium. Joining them in attendance will be several hundred family members, friends and members of the campus community.

The Commencement speaker for the event will be Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia’s commissioner of Parks and Recreation and special advisor to the Mayor on Libraries. In this position, he is responsible for the management of the 9,200-acre, 63-park Fairmount Park system. DiBerardinis also oversees the operation of all city recreation facilities, programs and events.

Prior to being named as Secretary for DCNR, he served as executive director of the Campaign for Working Families. Before that, DiBerardinis was vice president of programs for the William Penn Foundation. His long history of public administration includes serving as the commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Recreation from 1992 to 2000.

Penn State students accepting their diplomas will become part of a huge network of fellow Penn State graduates. The Penn State Alumni Association, with more than 160,000 members, is the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world.

The ceremony may be watched live online by clicking here the day of the event.


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