Alumna, War College commandant to speak at
A Shippensburg University alumna and the commandant of
the U.S. Army War College will be guest speakers at the Spring commencement
ceremonies May 9 and 10.
Karen Sheriff '07-'08M, director for the Perry County Area
Agency on Aging, is guest speaker at the graduate ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.
May 9 in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.
Major General Tony Cucolo,
the 49th commandant of the War College, will speak at the undergraduate ceremony at 11 a.m. May 10 in Seth Grove
No tickets are needed for the May 9
ceremony. Guests are asked to be in their seats by
6:45 p.m. Approximately 80 students are expected to participate in the program.
Approximately 1,000 undergraduate
students are expected to participate in the May 10 ceremony. No tickets are
needed for that ceremony if it is outdoors. In the event of bad weather, 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 Interim President Jody Harpster as soon as feasible. Individuals may
call Hotline at 477-1200 about the ceremony. Final information will be available
by 7 a.m. May 10. The information will also be posted on the university’s
website as well as its social media sites.
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 in late April. Both ceremonies will be
broadcast locally by SUTV as well as streamed live on the web.
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, if needed.
Sheriff earned her B.S.W.
in 2007 and her M.S.W. in 2008. After graduating in 2007, took
a position as county caseworker in Cumberland County eventually being appointed
to a position in the Older Adult Protective Services Unit.
Finding herself a strong advocate for what she considers our most vulnerable and valuable population, she took a position in 2011 with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging in Harrisburg to work on updating policies affecting the delivery of older adult protective services. This included working with a team to re-write legislation to update the Older Adult Protective Service Act to ensure greater protection for elderly consumers.
During her time at the department, Sheriff
was part of two research projects and developed policy and procedures for
programs to be implemented across Pennsylvania. In November of 2013, she
accepted her current position in New Bloomfield. Since starting, she has revitalized
programs, strengthened community partnerships, and re-aligned the mission of
the agency to meet the changes in service delivery.
Cucolo will end his term as commandant this June. Prior to his arrival at Carlisle, he spent 10 months as director of force development for the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of the Army in the Pentagon. His most recent operational assignment was a
33-month tour as commanding general, 3rd Infantry
Division and Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia.
second lieutenant of infantry in 1979, Cucolo served 18 years in infantry and armored divisions. He commanded
two companies, was an operations officer at battalion
and brigade level, commanded a mechanized infantry battalion,
commanded an armored brigade
combat team and was deputy commanding general for a light infantry
He also served the Joint Staff at the Pentagon
from 2001 to 2003. He has a
from the U.S. Military Academy and a master’s
degree from the University of San Francisco. He also is a graduate
of the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and he U.S.
Army War College.
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. Detailed information for graduates and guests is available at http://www.ship.edu/graduation.