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Alumnae to present commencement addresses

Two alumna will present the commencement addresses during Shippensburg University's Spring Commencement programs.

Judy Happ, vice president for administration with the International Institute for Restorative Practices, will present the address at the master's degree ceremony at 7 p.m. May 7 in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, United States senator from New Hampshire, will present the address during the undergraduate degree ceremony at 11 a.m. May 8 in Seth Grove Stadium.

Approximately 140 students are expected to participate in the master's program and nearly 1,000 in the undergraduate program. No tickets are needed for the master's program.

In the event of bad weather May 8, the undergraduate the program will be in Heiges Field House in two separate ceremonies. Members of the John L. Grove College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services will participate in the 11 a.m. ceremony and members of the College of Arts and Sciences will participate in the 3 p.m. ceremony. Any decision to move indoors will be made by President William N. Ruud as soon as feasible. Individuals may call Hotline at 477-1200 about the ceremony. Final information will be available by 7:30 a.m. May 8. The information will also be posted on the university's website.

No tickets are required outdoors and seating is first-come, first-served. If moved indoors, tickets are required and only ticket holders will be admitted. Tickets are for general admission and do not guarantee a specific seat. The number of tickets each graduate will receive will be announced the week of April 19. The program will be broadcast locally by SUTV as well as on the Internet.

The stadium will open at 9 a.m. for guest admission. Light refreshments will be available in the arena for guests who arrive early. Guests should be seated by 10:30 a.m. If the program is indoors, guests are asked to be seated 30 minutes before the start of each program. Doors to the field house will open at 9 a.m. for the 11 a.m. ceremony and no later than 2 p.m. for the 3 p.m. ceremony.

happHapp, a 1987 Shippensburg graduate with a master's degree in administration of justice, is a former probation officer for Dauphin County. The International Institute for Restorative Practices is a graduate school in Bethlehem which offers master's degrees in restorative practices for educators and other children- and youth-serving professionals.

She is also president of Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont) alternative schools, foster group homes and in-home supervision programs for at-risk youth, in eastern Pennsylvania. She began working at CSF Buxmont as a counselor in 1988. In addition, Happ is also president of the Youth Services Alliance of Pennsylvania, an organization that advocates for private youth service providers in the state. She is an ardent proponent of the use of restorative practices, abundant support and accountability, to address the problems and issues surrounding troubled and at-risk youth.

Happ, originally from Athens, Pa.,  received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice: corrections from York College of Pennsylvania in 1984. She lives in Doylestown with her Vinnie, who received a master of science in administration of justice from Shippensburg in 1989.

This is Sen. Shaheen's second commencement address at Shippensburg. In 1997, she was guest speaker and recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree from the university. She is the first woman in U.S. history to be elected as both a governor and a U.S. senator, and was involved in all levels of New Hampshire life. She taught in a New Hampshire high school, csenshaheenhaired the Town of Madbury's zoning board and served three terms in the New Hampshire State Senate. Senator Shaheen became the first woman elected governor of New Hampshire, serving three terms from 1997-2003. In 2008 Shaheen became the first woman elected to the United States Senate from New Hampshire. Senator Shaheen received a bachelor's degree from Shippensburg in 1969 and a master's degree from the University of Mississippi.

As governor she was a champion of middle class families working to make college more affordable, making public kindergarten a reality for more than 25,000 additional children, and extending affordable health coverage to tens of thousands of New Hampshire children. Her focus on the economy led to the creation of nearly 67,000 new jobs during her six years as Governor and the third-highest high tech employment in the nation.

In 2005 she took on the challenge of forging a new generation of public leaders when she became the Director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

Shaheen was sworn-in as a member of the United States Senate in January 2009. She currently serves on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where she chairs the Subcommittee on European Affairs, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

She and her husband, Bill, live in Madbury, N.H., and have three daughters, Stefany, Stacey and Molly, and seven grandchildren.   

Further information about commencement is available from Dr. Peter M. Gigliotti, Commencement Committee chair, at 477-1202 or via e-mail at SUnews@ship.edu.