35-year higher education veteran to serve as 29th president.
Both the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies will feature Commencement addresses by distinguished members of the University faculty. Ronald Dufresne, Ph.D., associate professor of management and director of the Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability program, will speak at the undergraduate ceremony and Aimee LaPointe Tersoky, Ph.D., associate professor of educational leadership and director of the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders, will speak at the graduate ceremony.
Dufresne is a former military intelligence officer who brings this experience to his scholarship in the areas of management, ethics and leadership. He is widely published and has been the recipient of University faculty merit awards in the areas of teaching, research, advising and service, along with the 2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year Award and the 2017 Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year Award. Additionally, Dufresne served a term as faculty senate president.
Terosky is an accomplished educator and scholar. She began her career as principal of a New York City middle school that won the Blackboard Award for Outstanding Public Middle School. Terosky's research focuses on K-12 and higher education settings with a concentration on teaching, learning, career management, faculty development, instructional leadership, and educational or professional experiences of females, and she has published extensively on these topics. Terosky was the recipient of University faculty merit awards in the areas of teaching, research and justice and has been awarded the Michael J. Morris Grant for Scholarly Research three times.
Students will present remarks at the Commencement ceremonies as well. Maura Flynn, a double major in biology and psychology and participant in the McNulty Scholars Program, will speak at the undergraduate ceremony. Sarah Haydu, who is earning an M.S. in criminal justice, will speak at the graduate ceremony.
Three members of the faculty will receive special honors at the undergraduate commencement ceremony.
As a reminder, the ceremonies will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person. More information on both ceremonies can be found on the Commencement website.