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2017 Commencement Speakers

By: Marisa Cass


grad.pngSHIPPENSBURG, Pa –The resigned president and CEO of the Shippensburg University Foundation along with a former SU student will each be the graduate and undergraduate commencement speakers this weekend.

Carlos Suarez holds much experience in helping the environment. He is a member of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Suarez also assists in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Suarez applies his extensive education to assisting farmers by giving them guidance to protecting their natural resources such as water, air, soil, and wildlife.

Suarez is in charge of the post-hurricane assistance in Puerto Rico. His support to the island consists of watershed restoration, nutrition, water for mothers and children, disaster aid to farmers, rural development and erosion control.

He will address the graduate class of 2017 on Friday December 15th at 7 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.



John Clinton retired president and CEO of the Shippensburg University Foundation will address the undergraduate class on Saturday morning in Heiges Field House.

With the money raised by the SU Foundation, Clinton helped with the restoration of many buildings such as Old Main, John L. Grove Hall, and H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Because of the SU Foundation, over 900 students are obtaining scholarships and almost 400 grants were given to students.

Before Clinton’s involvement in the SU Foundation, he was the Assistant Annual Fund Director at Ball State University. He served as the Director of Alumni Affairs at an institute he attended, Cumberland College.

There will be around 119 degrees awarded to graduate students and roughly 291 awarded to undergraduate students.


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