SU commencement speakers announced
An alumnus and the retired president and CEO of the Shippensburg
University Foundation will speak during Shippensburg University’s commencement
Carlos Suarez '97M, the state conservationist for the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in
California, will present the address at the master’s degree ceremony at 7
p.m., Friday, Dec. 15, in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. John Clinton
will deliver his speech during the undergraduate degree ceremony at 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Dec. 16, in Heiges Field House.
is the lead post-hurricane assistance coordinator to Puerto Rico under the USDA
Secretary. As the head liaison between USDA and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA), he provides multi-faceted assistance to the island on
issues such as erosion control, watershed restoration, rural development,
disaster assistance to farmers, nutrition, and water for children and mothers.
his position as state conservationist, Suarez oversees conservation assistance to
farmers, ranchers, and private foresters helping them protect air and water
quality, conserve water, improve soil and forest health, and pollinator and
wildlife habitat. Additionally, he assists producers following disasters like
the recent wildfires near Napa and Sonoma.
native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Suarez holds a Bachelor of Science in
Agricultural Mechanization (Engineering) Technology from the University of
Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, a Master of Science in Geoenvironmental Studies from
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a Graduate Certificate in Public
Policy and Leadership from American University in Washington, D.C.
Clinton retired in the fall of 2017 after thirty-four years as president and
CEO of the Shippensburg University Foundation. During his tenure, the SU
Foundation grew from $1 million to over $88 million in total assets.
his leadership, the SU Foundation led all Pennsylvania State System
universities in almost all fundraising categories, and was frequently
nationally ranked in the top three percent among all Masters Level II public
charitable gifts raised by the SU Foundation, he played an important role in
the enhancement and construction of a number of university facilities including
Old Main, Shippen Hall, John L. Grove Hall, Math and Computing Technologies
Center, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center and soon Stewart Hall. Over 900 students are now receiving scholarships
through the generosity of benefactors to the SU Foundation. Nearly 400 scholarship endowments have been
to serving the SU Foundation, Clinton was the Assistant Annual Fund Director at
Ball State University where the Annual Fund received CASE’s Performance and
Sustained Excellence U.S. Steel Annual Fund Awards. He served his alma mater,
Cumberland College, as Director of Alumni Affairs. Mr. Clinton holds a B.S. in Business
Administration from Cumberland College and an M.A.Ed from Union College.
This year, the School of Graduate Studies will award
approximately 119 degrees.
About 291 degrees
will be awarded to undergraduate students. Tickets are not needed to attend
For the graduate ceremony, doors to the Luhrs Center will open
at 6:00 p.m. and guests should be seated by 6:45 p.m. For the undergraduate
ceremony, guests may enter the field house arena beginning at 9 a.m. and should
be seated by 10:30 a.m.
Guests unable to climb stairs and sit on bleachers should email email@example.com
by Dec. 8 for parking and reserved seating. In case of inclement weather,
individuals may call Hotline, a recorded messaging system, at (717) 477-1200 or
visit the University’s
website, and the University’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for information