Presiding at his first graduation since taking office in July, Edinboro University President H. Fred Walker conferred degrees upon 397 students during separate undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday.

Walker told the undergraduates in the university’s McComb Fieldhouse that the ceremony marks both an ending and a great beginning.

“Having recently made a major transition in coming to Edinboro as its 18th president, I know the excitement that comes with the beginning of a new chapter in life,” he said. “But I also know that your education and experiences here have prepared you well for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

During the ceremony, President Walker conferred 238 bachelor’s degrees and 28 associate degrees completed during the fall semester. 

Additional students who completed their degrees in the summer or who will complete them in the Winter Session also participated. 

Fifty-seven of the fall bachelor’s degree recipients earned Latin honors with grade point averages of 3.4 or higher, and nine of them earned an Honors Diploma through participation in the Edinboro University Honors Program. 

Two students earned associate degrees with distinction, a recognition of exceptional academic performance in a two-year program.

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