Commencement Update, a Surge for Scholarships, and a Seamless Transition
Commencement Update, a Surge for Scholarships, and a Seamless Transition
Winter commencement to have virtual-only events; couple gives $2.4 million for scholarships, Counseling Department; associate to bachelor’s made easier with agreement; and more
Driscoll's Update, November 18: Giving thanks, reminders to stay safe, and an update on commencement

Driscoll’s Update: Giving Thanks

President Michael Driscoll thanks members of the IUP family for their hard work this semester. He also reminds everyone to stay safe over the Thanksgiving break and provides updates on the December commencement ceremonies and more.
Because of the rise in coronavirus cases in the county, IUP will not be able to hold college-level, in-person celebrations for winter commencement. To be recognized in the December 12 virtual ceremony, graduates must complete the registration form by December 1.
With this major gift, Dolores Spinelli Gigliotti ’70 and her husband, Vincent, are supporting students while also honoring Dolores’s late brother, Greg Spinelli ’70, and her late father, professor emeritus George Spinelli.
Michael Driscoll, left, and Tuesday Stanley, right, in separate photos, sign documents during the signing ceremony
On Wednesday, IUP and Westmoreland County Community College took steps to streamline the process for students who earn an associate degree at the community college to complete a bachelor’s degree at IUP. 
This Zoom presentation on Wednesday, December 2, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. will feature works by notable women authors from the 19th and 20th centuries. Contact Harrison Wick,, to preregister.
In October, Citizens Bank’s Christopher O’Brien ’15, a former Student Managed Investment Portfolio chief, gave a Zoom presentation on leveraged buyouts to Daniel Lawson’s Finance Seminar class.
Vic Conrad ’87, Pinnacle Financial Strategies; Matthew McCullough ’15, Georgetown University; and Lenore Seifer, S. R. Snodgrass, spoke at a recent Student Accounting Association Zoom meeting about different areas of the accounting profession.
Please remember that IUP’s Break Bus Service is canceled for this academic year, because of safety challenges during the pandemic.
For students who are done with their textbooks, early book buyback continues today. Normal buyback will be during finals week, December 7–11. Students have until December 14 to return rentals without penalty.
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