Commencement Ceremonies: December 14 and 15, 2018

The winter commencement ceremonies are December 14 for graduate students and December 15 for undergraduate students. The graduate ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center and the undergraduate ceremony is 11:00 a.m. in Heiges Field House.

The ceremony will be broadcast at the Ceddia Union Building in Orndorff Theatre and via Comcast Community Access Channel 21 and Campus Cable Channel 82.1.

General Information

Commencement Coverage

Graduation ceremonies will be streamed live online. There will also be live coverage of the ceremonies on the Comcast Community Access Channel 21 and Campus Cable Channel 82.1.

Commencement videos are archived and available to view.


Richard + " " + Calhoun ‘09 – ‘16M

Richard Calhoun ‘09 – ‘16M

Graduate Commencement Speaker

Two-time Shippensburg University graduate, Richard Calhoun ‘09 – ‘16M, will deliver the graduate ceremony commencement address at Shippensburg University on December 15. About 112 degrees will be awarded during the ceremony, including 10 doctoral degrees.

Calhoun is an organizational development specialist for the West Virginia Education Association, the oldest and largest professional organization representing and advocating for education employees in the state of West Virginia. WVEA is affiliated with the National Education Association, the largest professional labor organization in the nation.

Calhoun received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University in 2009. He began his career in Waynesboro, where he spent two years as a long-term substitute. He spent four-and-a-half years as a case manager for people with disabilities. He then pursued a Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership at Shippensburg. After earning his degree in August 2016, he joined WVEA.

Calhoun lives in Waynesboro with Heidi, his wife of nine years, and their two children, Phillip and Gemma. He is an avid outdoorsman, political activist, and volunteer with his local Cub Scout Pack.

Barb + " " + Bowker ‘82

Barb Bowker ‘82

Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

Barb Bowker ‘82, PSECU’s vice president of marketing and membership development, is set to deliver the undergraduate commencement address at Shippensburg University on December Dec. 15. About 339 degrees will be awarded to undergraduate students.

In her role with PSECU, Bowker oversees the marketing and communication efforts for the state’s largest credit union and devises strategies to position it strongly in the marketplace. In addition, she leads PSECU’s membership development efforts, which include both university development and business development components.

Supported by the credit union “people helping people” philosophy, Bowker’s more than thirty-year career at PSECU has afforded her the opportunity to become very involved in the community, and she has put the servant-leadership lessons from her 2012 Leadership Harrisburg Area Community Leadership Class into action. She is past chair of the Capital Region American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and serves as first vice chair of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Board as well as chair of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation. She serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County. In addition, she is a member of the CUNA Creating Awareness Group and the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES), is a 2014 recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Excellence Award, and was presented with the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal’s Woman of Influence Award in 2015.

Bowker is a 1982 graduate of Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

She lives with her husband in Adams County. They have two grown daughters. She enjoys exercising, outdoor activities, and spending time with her immediate family and five siblings.