More Than 900 Degrees to Be Awarded at Gannon University’s Spring Commencement
Posted: May 5, 2017
Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., will recognize
graduates at the University's Spring Commencement ceremony, to be
held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Erie Insurance Arena.
Gannon will award 902 degrees, including 55 doctoral degrees,
381 master's degrees, 448 bachelor's degrees and 18 associate's
degrees. Forty-eight students will graduate summa cum laude.
Students from 17 nations will be earning degrees on Saturday.
Including students earning degrees at the December 2016
ceremony, Gannon University will have a graduating class of nearly
1,200 for the 2016-17 Academic Year in the University's three
academic Colleges: the College of Engineering and Business, the
College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences and the
Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences. Additionally,
six Gannon University cadets from the Pride of PA Battalion, U.S.
Army ROTC will be commissioned as second lieutenants in a morning
This year's keynote speaker is the Most Rev. Robert Lynch who
retired in November as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St.
Petersburg, Florida. Bishop Lynch will be awarded a Doctor of
Humane Letters degree, honoris causa at the ceremony.
COMMISSIONING CEREMONY FOR ARMY ROTC
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Gannon University, Schuster Theatre, 620 Sassafras
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: St. Peter Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St.
Time: 1-1:50 p.m.
Location: Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French St.
Interviews: Lawrence T. Persico, Bishop, Diocese of Erie; Keith
Taylor, Ph.D., President, Gannon University; The Most Rev. Robert
Lynch, Commencement speaker
COMMENCEMENT LINE UP OF GRADUATES Time: 1:15-2 p.m.
Location: Erie Insurance Arena
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Erie Insurance Arena
About the speaker
The Most Rev. Robert Lynch is a native of Charleston, West
Virginia. He was formally ordained and installed as the fourth
Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Jan. 26, 1996 and
retired on November 27, 2016.
He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Pontifical
College Josephinum and a M. Div. from Pope John XXIII National
Seminary in 1978.
During the ten-year period between his college seminary and
re-entry into theology, Bishop Lynch taught high school, organized
a lay teachers association in the Diocese of Columbus, served the
Catholic Conference of Ohio as coordinator of government programs,
and served at the NCCB/USCC at the invitation of the late Cardinal
Shortly after priestly ordination, Bishop Lynch was assigned to
St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami as president-rector
where he remained for five years.
He returned to the NCCB/USCC to serve as associate general
secretary with responsibility for public policy and later as
general secretary. One of the highlights of his years in
Washington, D.C., was the opportunity to coordinate the pastoral
visits by Pope John Paul II.
In addition to his role as Bishop of the Diocese of St.
Petersburg, Bishop Lynch has served as the secretary of the Florida
Catholic Conference, and he is currently a member of the board of
trustees of the Saint Vincent de Paul and St. John Vianney
Seminaries. He is a member of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,
the Episcopal Advisory Board of the Cause for Beatification of
Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and the Maryknoll Bishops Advisory
Bishop Lynch served as elected Chairman of the Board for
Catholic Relief Services from 2002 until 2007, as consultant to the
Board of Catholic Health Association through 2013, as a member of
the board of trustees of St. Leo University through 2016, and as a
member of the Catholic Medical Mission Board through 2016. He was
instrumental in the creation of Gannon University's Ruskin, Florida
campus and assisted with the Blessing and Dedication in August