Keynote speaker was Forty Fort native Jonathan U. Dougherty, a 2009 PSU grad.

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LEHMAN TWP. — A host of family and well-wishers came out to Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s 2013 Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday to watch as 74 students received their degrees in various disciplines.

The students earned degrees in a number of specialty areas at the local campus.

Also, some students from campuses throughout the Penn State system chose to come home to receive their hard-earned diplomas in front of family and friends.

The keynote speaker at Saturday’s commencement was Jonathan U. Dougherty, a Forty Fort native and a 2009 graduate of Penn State’s School of Architectural Engineering.

Dougherty encouraged the graduates to “pursue opportunity and make the best decisions as life presents those opportunities.”

“Life is short,” said Dougherty, “but potential is unlimited. Don’t just go through the motions, actually experience life.” The degrees were conferred by Charles H. Davis, chancellor of Penn State Wilkes-Barre, who encouraged the graduates to “go out and accomplish great things” with their Penn State education.

“I couldn’t be prouder of my son than I am today,” said one mother, whose son was receiving a bachelor of science degree in Administration of Justice. “This is the culmination of five years of hard work. He deserves all our praise,” she said.

Students received degrees in traditional and speciality areas of study including English, business, journalism, surveying and electrical engineering, criminal justice and information sciences.

“Today you became part of a a special group of people with a Penn State education,” said Davis. “Now translate that learning into work and service.”

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