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More than 600 to Join Alumni Family at Commencement

Today, Saturday, May 16, Wilkes will celebrate the achievements of our graduates at the 68th Annual Spring Commencement exercises, which will be held in the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center. During the ceremonies, Alumni Association vice president Ellen Stamer Hall '71 will welcome 680 graduates to the alumni family and present Kayla Rooney '15, a double major in international studies and political science, with the Alumni Association Award for Leadership.

Pennsylvania Sen. John T. Yudichak will speak at the morning ceremony for graduate students and Wilkes University President Patrick F. Leahy will speak at the afternoon ceremony for undergraduates. During the afternoon undergraduate ceremony, the University will award the honorary doctor of humane letters degree to Seymour Holtzman '57. The University is recognizing Holtzman for his accomplishments in business and industry. Read more about Senator Yudichak and Seymour Holtzman ’57 here.

If you are unable to attend the commencement ceremonies, you can watch them online! Click here to access our live stream.

Farewell Seniors - Welcome Alumni
Throughout the spring semester, the alumni and development offices have helped the class of 2015 celebrate the close of their time as students and the start of their lives as young professionals and Wilkes alumni.  The graduating class has been raising funds to purchase new furniture for the second floor of the Farley Library. View photos from the class of 2015’s senior week here.

Homecoming may be more than four months away, but many alumni are already making plans to come back to campus for the celebration. You will be able to review the full schedule of events and register for them this summer, but in the meantime, let us know that you plan to attend Homecoming by clicking here.

On Saturday, May 30, longtime Wilkes wrestling coach and former athletic director, John Reese, will be honored with the President's Medal at Founders Gala 2015. This event celebrates our heritage of educating first-generation college students. If you are unable to come to Wilkes-Barre for the event, you can be our virtual guest by clicking here.

Share Your Memories of Dean Jane Lampe Groh
It is with sadness the University announces the passing of Dean of Student Affairs Emerita Jane Lampe Groh. Dean Lampe Groh began her service at Wilkes in 1969. During her career at Wilkes she served as Dean of Women, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Dean of Student Affairs. Dean Lampe Groh retired in 1997. Always a graceful presence, whether it be on or off campus, Dean Lampe Groh will be remembered by her students for her wise counsel, calming presence and her enduring interest in their welfare and success. Her faith in her students, and the lasting value of a Wilkes education, inspired those fortunate to be guided by her example. Please share your memories of Dean Lampe Groh here and we will pass them along to her family.

Give Words of Wisdom to the Class of 2019
Who better to provide advice about navigating through life at Wilkes than you, our alumni?  Share your words of wisdom about college, classes or life in general with our newest class of Colonels. We'll include your thoughts in their welcome packets at summer orientation.
Take the Colonel to Work or on Vacation!
For the past year, the Colonel has traveled the world with alumni, visiting places both near and far. He’s mingled with penguins in Antarctica with Cheryl Polak Woloski ’80 and John Woloski Jr. ’81; experienced landmarks in Iceland with Donna Talarico Beerman ’00, MFA ’10; posed with Elvis at Graceland with Amy Hetro MBA ’12; and relaxed on the beach with many alumni in locations along the East Coast. Now, it’s time for the Colonel to get professional and join alumni in the workplace. If you would like to bring the Colonel to work, contact the alumni office at or (570)408-7787 and we’ll send him to you. We’ll share photos on our Facebook page. (Don’t worry, you can still bring him on your road trips and summer vacations!)

Support Wilkes
As we approach the end of our fiscal year, we are reminded how important alumni support is to Wilkes. Whether your gift is designated to scholarships, mentoring programs, student activities, or other areas, the Wilkes experience continues to be special thanks to your help. Make your gift of any amount before May 31.

Alumni Association Open Board Meeting
Interested in learning more about the Alumni Association? Participate in our open meeting on Friday, May 29, 2015, ‚Äčat 3 p.m. Whether you join us on campus or call in to the meeting, you’ll get a firsthand look at how our board of directors works with its campus partners to provide programs for the alumni community. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or (570)408-7787.

Spring Commencement Ceremony
May 16

Founders Gala 2015
May 30

New Jersey Alumni Gathering
June 11

63rd Annual John Chwalek Open
June 25

Homecoming 2015
October 2-4

We want to know what you've been up to!  Share your news with your fellow alumni by emailing information to Jacki Lukas at and it will appear in the next e-newsletter.

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Click here and tell us you'll be there to celebrate Homecoming 2015! If you'd like to help plan your class reunion, click here and let us know.

Wilkes Men’s Golfers Finish Third at Freedom Championships

Women’s Golf Concludes Play at MAC Championships

Swimming Announces 2015-16 Recruiting Class

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