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2 Ship alumni to present commencement addresses

Two alumni will present the commencement addresses during Shippensburg University’s Winter Commencement programs.

Cindy Adams Dunn, president and chief executive officer of PennFuture, will present the address at the master’s degree ceremony at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Gerald E. Johnson, an assistant district attorney in the District Attorney’s Office of Allegheny County, will present the address during the undergraduate degree ceremony at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 in Heiges Field House.

Approximately 100 students are expected to participate in the master’s program and about 400 in the undergraduate program. No tickets are needed for either program.

In case of inclement weather for either program, individuals may call Hotline, a recorded messaging system, at 477-1200 or go to the university’s website at www.ship.edu for updates.

Guests at the Dec. 13 program are asked to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and last about two hours.

Guests at the undergraduate program may enter the field house arena beginning at 9 a.m. and are asked to be in their seats by 10:30 a.m. The academic procession will form at 10:45 a.m. and start promptly at 11 a.m. The ceremony is expected to take less than two hours.

Dunn, who received her bachelor’s degree in 1980 and her master’s degree in biology in 1981 from Shippensburg, joined PennFuture last month after serving as deputy secretary of conservation and technical service for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).dunn In that capacity, she led DCNR’s conservation landscape program and oversaw the community conservation partnerships grant program, which provides $30 million to $60 million annually for conservation and recreation throughout the Commonwealth. Dunn’s leadership posts over more than a decade at DCNR include helming the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation as well as the Office of Communications, Education and Partnerships. 

Prior to joining DCNR, Dunn was executive director of Audubon Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2003, where she worked on forest habitat issues and established a network of “Important Bird Areas.” She has also served as the Pennsylvania program director for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for 10 years, where she built a constituency in the Susquehanna watershed for the Chesapeake Bay Restoration effort.

Johnson, a 1995 graduate with a degree in speech communications, used his Shippensburg education as a stepping-stone to a very successful career in law. He earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1998. johnsonHe later served as a law clerk for Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Del Sole, as a contract attorney for the firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, as a law clerk for Court of Common Pleas Judge Lieberman, as a law clerk for Court of Common Pleas Judge Pozonsky, and as a contract attorney for Eckert Seamans Cherin & Merlott LLC.

Johnson, a graduate of Milton Hershey High School, joined the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office in early 2003 where he is assigned to the Felony Narcotics Unit. He is a member of various professional organizations including the National Black Prosecutors Association and the National District Attorneys’ Association. He also volunteers at a soup kitchen for Men with AIDS.

Information about both programs is available at www.ship.edu/graduation

11/27/13