WANTED: Graduating student to present greetings at May 2014 CommencementApplications are now available in the Registrar's Office, 25 Univ. Ave., Ground Floor.
SUBMISSION RULES: You must be participating in the May 10, 2014 undergraduate ceremony to be eligible. Your speech must be no longer than 3 minutes and a typed, double-spaced copy must be included with the application. The student selected must present the speech at the commencement rehearsal, which will be held on Friday, May 9th at 11:00am.
DEADLINE: All completed applications and speeches must be submitted to the Registrar's Office no later than 4:30 Monday, March 17th.
AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held on March 19th, 20th, and 21st. You will be notified in advance to schedule an audition time.
Watch last year's speaker, Veronica Bocian, address the students at Dec 2013 Commencement.
May 2014 Speaker
Morning Ceremony (10:00am) and Afternoon Ceremony (3:00pm)
Brigadier General Carol Eggert is assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters, Pennsylvania National Guard and also Deputy Commanding General-Reserve Affairs, at the United States War College.
Prior to this assignment, Brig. Gen. Eggert served as the Chief of the Joint Staff. She recently completed a two-year tour in support of the United States Army War College. Prior to this assignment, she completed a 15-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Brig. Gen. Eggert has served in a wide variety of assignments in her career, including Commander of the 3622nd Maintenance Company, Commandant of the Pennsylvania National Guard Officer Candidate School, and Commander of the 328th Brigade Support Battalion.
During her assignments, she participated in numerous overseas deployments including: Germany, Italy, Nicaragua, and to Lithuania as the Senior National Representative for Amber Hope 2001. She has served during numerous state emergencies as the military liaison at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
Brig. Gen. Eggert completed many military career courses to include the prestigious U.S. Army War College. She holds a bachelor's degree from West Chester University, an M.Ed in Instructional Design from Penn State University, and an M.S. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. She is a member several professional associations.
Brig. Gen. Eggert is the recipient of multiple military awards and decorations including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters.
December 2013 Speakers
Morning Ceremony (10:00am)
Bill Jolly is a three-time Emmy Award winning composer/arranger/musical director and keyboardist. He's been recognized twice in Keyboard Magazine and has composed music for HBO, MTV, NBC, ABC, CBS, Showtime, Columbia Tri-Star Pictures, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, and numerous media outlets globally. Bill has appeared in commercials and endorsements and has performed before four U.S. Presidents. A 1982 alumnus, Mr. Jolly has received West Chester University's Distinguished Alumni Award and Drum Major for Justice Award, and was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance's Walk of Fame. Currently, Mr. Jolly is in the off-Broadway play "Lady Day" at the Little Schubert Theater in NYC which tells the Billie Holiday story.
Afternoon Ceremony (1:30pm)
Heidi Hamels is a 2007 graduate of West Chester University having earned a Master's Degree in Secondary Education. She is currently working to complete her Ph.D. Ms. Hamels has gained international recognition for her efforts to improve educational opportunities both in the US and Malawi.
Following Ms. Hamels marriage to Cole Hamels in 2006, the couple spent their honeymoon traveling in Africa. Their experience inspired them to do something pro-active to help the impoverished people, and most specifically the children, they encountered on their trip. The Hamels Foundation was created and co-founded by the Hamels in 2008 and is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the power of education by giving them the tools they need to achieve their goals. The Hamels Foundation has a dual purpose to provide support for quality education in the United States and to establish a school in Malawi, Africa. The Hamels Foundation takes a community-based approach to education by providing assistance to schools as well as supporting other education-based nonprofit entities in the United States in need of support. This includes, but is not limited to, providing stimulating learning environments, high-quality educational programs, and necessary provisions to promote learning.
In a recent Philadelphia Magazine article by Richard Rys, Todd Schafer, CEO of the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, which has partnered with the Hamels Foundation, described Ms. Hamels' level of involvement as rare. "Celebrities want to parachute in the money without getting their hands dirty," he said. "Heidi loves to get her hands dirty. She's bubbling over with enthusiasm and has no hesitation in declaring what she doesn't know."