Area students graduate from Edinboro University


Four area students were among those receiving degrees at Edinboro University’s Commencement.

Students from the South Pittsburgh earning degrees were: Amy Elizabeth Baumann, Master of Education Middle Secondary Instruction; Kara Louise Opdyke, Master of Education Special Education; NaRaya C. Pope, Bachelor of Arts Social Science; and, Jennifer Sara Louise Schaefer, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Nursing-Innovative.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mari K. Eder, an alumna who has served her country and her communications profession with distinction, delivered the commencement address on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Maj. Gen. Eder’s uplifting and engagingly humorous remarks included a story from her own years at Edinboro, when she learned as a junior that her high school guidance counselor had submitted a letter pointedly recommending that she not be admitted.

Were it not for an Edinboro University admissions counselor taking a chance on her at age 17, she said, she came close to not having the illustrious future she pursued with the benefit of her two Edinboro degrees. Despite the high school counselor’s claim that she lacked the intelligence to complete college, she went on to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the university, and to hold a series of top-level assignments in a distinguished 35-year career in the U.S. Army.

Alumna Eder’s success was celebrated with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree presented at Edinboro’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony in McComb Fieldhouse. About 2,000 students, guests, faculty members and other University officials attended the event.

Undergraduate Commencement and a separate ceremony for graduate students at 2 p.m. in Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall celebrated the academic achievement of more than 400 Edinboro University students. Dr. Julie E. Wollman, 17th President of Edinboro University, conferred 22 associate, 316 bachelor’s and 101 master’s degrees in the two ceremonies.


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