May 7, 2018
The undergraduate livestreams will be active by 8:30 a.m. on May 12 for the morning undergraduate ceremony and by 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon undergraduate ceremony. After the ceremonies, the commencement videos will be archived and available for future viewing.
The graduate livestream will be active by 5:30 p.m. on May 12.
UPDATE: As indicated on the commencement website, we planned for the possibility of needing to alter ceremony days and/or times in the event of severe weather. With the storm indicated for this Sunday, the University will move one ceremony; the undergraduate ceremony scheduled for Sunday, May 13, at 9 a.m. will now be moved to Saturday, May 12, at 2:00 p.m.
Congratulations to the 2,639 students eligible to graduate at West Chester University's undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 12. Both undergraduate ceremonies will be held at Farrell Stadium on the University’s South Campus.
The ceremony for students in the College of Business & Public Management, College of Health Sciences, and School of Interdisciplinary Studies will take place at 9 a.m. The ceremony for students in the College of Arts & Humanities, College of Education & Social Work, College of the Sciences & Mathematics, and School of Music will take place at 2 p.m.
At the Saturday morning ceremony, students in the College of Business & Public Management, College of Health Sciences, and School of Interdisciplinary Studies will hear from Colonel Deborah J. Chase (Ret.) '76. Chase served in the U.S. Army for 27 years, earning the Legion of Merit award and gaining an enviable reputation as a leader in program management and acquisition at senior levels in the Department of Defense. She carried that expertise to the defense industry upon her retirement from the Army in 2005. Holding a variety of positions during her military career, her leadership on the Comanche helicopter projects led to a redesign of the cockpit and development of pilot-vehicle interfaces and the Helmet Integrated Display Sight System. She joined Raytheon, a major U.S. defense contractor and industrial corporation in 2007, retiring last year as director of program management.
At the Saturday afternoon ceremony, students in the College of Arts & Humanities, College of Education & Social Work, College of the Sciences & Mathematics, and School of Music will hear from Jack Devine '62 of The Arkin Group, LLC. Devine is a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served as the director of the CIA's worldwide operations for more than thousands of CIA employees throughout the world in the mid-1990s. Devine also served as chief of the Latin American Division and headed the CIA's Counternarcotics Center. During his tenure, the Medellín Cartel, a ruthless Colombian drug cartel, and one of its principal leaders, Pablo Escobar, met their demise. Devine's book, Good Hunting! An American Spymaster's Story, was published in 2014 and is a New York Times bestseller. It focuses on his CIA career and the role of covert action in the past and the future.
Additional information on undergraduate commencements
The 550 master's candidates and 23 doctoral candidates will hear from commencement speaker Chip Smith, '70, M'81. Smith is president and co-founder of Fedora Security Group, a security technology company with offices in Charlotte, New York, Tel Aviv, and London. Until recently, he served as the interim CEO of Action Target. From 2000-2011, he was the chief security officer for the Bank of New York Mellon. Smith retired from the United States Secret Service after 24 years. He held a variety of positions in field offices and headquarters, culminating with his appointment as the special agent in charge of the New York Field Office, the Service's largest and busiest office. During his career with the Service, he was assigned to both the Presidential and the Vice Presidential Protective Divisions and served as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
Additional information on the graduate commencement
At the undergraduate ceremony at 5 p.m., bachelor's degrees will be presented to 55 students who completed their coursework at the Philadelphia campus. The student speaker is Lizette Lewis, who will receive her bachelor of social work during the ceremony.
At the graduate ceremony at 7 p.m., master's degrees will be presented to 32 students who completed their coursework at the Philadelphia campus. The student speaker, Brian Burman, will receive his master of social work during the ceremony.
Additional information on the Philadelphia commencement