Education briefs

Area residents graduate at Slippery Rock

SLIPPERY ROCK Slippery Rock University stepped outside of its usual routine for commencement ceremonies this year. For the first time since 2008, SRU conferred degrees outdoors as the University hosted five individual commencement ceremonies honoring the spring 2021 graduates, April 30 and May 1, at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

The University decided earlier this year to move the ceremonies outdoors to protect the health and safety of attendees because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In years prior to the pandemic, spring commencement was conducted via three ceremonies inside Morrow Field House.

The "Star-Spangled Banner" and the "SRU Alma Mater" was sung by the following local SRU students at the graduation ceremonies indicated:

4Shaun Klein, a junior music education major from East Brady, for the April 30 ceremony

4Elizabeth Saver, a junior music major from Clarion, for the May 1, ceremony.

Warner graduates from University of Pittsburgh

TITUSVILLE Claire Warner of Knox graduated magna cum laude Saturday, May 1, from the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville's Education and Training Hub with an associate of science degree in physical therapist assistant.

This year's commencement featured a live, in-person drive-through ceremony in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.