Alumnus to speak at undergraduate commencement May 11
Todd Platts, former U.S. Representative and a
Shippensburg University graduate, will present the address May 11 during the
Spring undergraduate commencement ceremony. Platts will also receive an
honorary doctor of public service degree.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in Seth
Grove Stadium. Approximately 1,000 students are expected to participate. The
speaker for the graduate ceremony at 7 p.m. May 10 in the H. Ric Luhrs
Performing Arts Center will be announced shortly.
In the event of bad weather May 11,
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.
Any decision to move indoors will be
made by President Bill Ruud as soon as feasible. Individuals may call Hotline
at 477-1200 about the ceremony. Final information will be available by 7 a.m.
May 11. The information will also be posted on the university’s website as well
as its social media sites.
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 later this month. 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.
Platts, a 1984 Shippensburg
University graduate, served as a member of the United States House of
Representatives, representing the 19th District of Pennsylvania, from 2001
until January 2013. A long-time supporter of term limits, he retired from
Congress after twelve years of service to the 19th District that encompassed
all of Adams and York Counties and the majority of Cumberland County, including
In 2010, Esquire Magazine named Congressman Platts one of its “10 Best
Members of Congress.” Platts served on the armed services, education and the
workforce, oversight and government reform, and transportation and
infrastructure committees. He chaired the Subcommittee on Government Organization,
Efficiency and Financial Management for six years and also co-chaired several
House caucuses, including the National Service Caucus, the Congressional Arts
Caucus and the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.
A lifelong resident of York, he graduated
summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in public administration from
Shippensburg. He then attended Pepperdine University School of Law, graduating cum
laude with a juris doctorate degree in 1991. He left private law practice to
begin his career in public office in 1993 when he was elected to serve York
County as a state representative in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He was
re-elected to this post three times, serving until his 2000 election to the
United States Congress.
Further information about
commencement is available at http://www.ship.edu/graduation or from Dr. Peter M. Gigliotti, Commencement Committee
chair, at 477-1202 or via e-mail at SUnews@ship.edu.