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Local students graduate from Edinboro University

EDINBORO, PA: Edinboro University celebrated the academic success of 626 students in the Class of 2020, following a semester of transition from in-person to online modalities due to COVID-19.

Although the Commencement ceremonies were postponed because of the pandemic, Edinboro President Guiyou Huang conferred bachelor’s and associate degrees upon 490 undergraduates and master’s degrees and post-graduate certificates upon 136 graduate students.

The following local graduates were recognized as members of the class of 2020:

Chad R Rogers of Knox, PA, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with honors

Rebekah J Hurst of Knox, PA, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied Media Arts with honors

Gabrielle Noel Smith of Rimersburg, PA, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with honors

Despite the delay, diplomas and graduation tassels were distributed to students at the conclusion of the spring 2020 semester.

“These hard times have served as a defining moment. The uncertainties and difficulties that began in March will no doubt have an impact for years to come,” said Dr. Huang in an email to the student body. “But these weeks and months have also provided an opportunity to demonstrate what defines us as a campus community. The resilience, persistence and grit that are at the core of who we are have sustained us, allowing us to be there for our students and each other.”

Edinboro University is one of Pennsylvania’s most distinguished centers of learning and research. Acclaimed artists, medical professionals, Disney and Pixar animators and leaders in business, education, criminal justice and many other fields have built the foundations of their success at Edinboro. Learn more at

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