West Chester University Hosts Winter Commencement Ceremonies

West Chester University Hosts Six Winter Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 13 - 15

WEST CHESTER, PA — There are 1,410 students poised to begin the next chapters of their lives following graduation from West Chester University at winter commencement exercises being held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15.

Five ceremonies organized by college will accommodate the 939 undergraduate students eligible to graduate at the University’s undergraduate commencement ceremonies in Hollinger Fieldhouse on North Campus. The schedule is below:


10 a.m.      College of the Sciences and Mathematics
                  Speaker: Marc Duey
1 p.m.        College of Education and Social Work; University College
4 p.m.        College of Health Sciences
                  Medallions: Thomas Fillippo and Barbara Lappano


10 a.m.      College of Business and Public Management
1 p.m.         College of Arts and Humanities; School of Music
                  Medallion: Michael Peich

In addition, 471 graduate-level students from all of the University’s colleges and sites will receive their degrees together at a 5 p.m. ceremony on Friday, Dec. 13, in Hollinger. This number includes 183 who completed their coursework during the University’s summer sessions as well as 10 students who completed their coursework at the Philadelphia campus this summer or this fall.

Marc Duey will give the only commencement address at the ceremony for the College of the Sciences and Mathematics on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. His biography is below, as well as bios for recipients of the President’s Medallions, which this year recognize three individuals whose impact on WCU has had a lasting impression.

Tickets are required for all ceremonies. A livestream link is available for those without tickets in Schmucker Science Center Link, Room 151, and for anyone to watch online. Visit the Commencement website for additional details.

Marc Duey
Founder, President, and CEO of ProMetrics

Founder, President, and CEO of ProMetrics, a data aggregation, analytics, and reporting partner to specialty biopharmaceutical manufacturers, Duey has been teaching in the Marketing Department and the Pharmaceutical Product Development program for more than a decade as an adjunct professor.

Marc Duey, in association with the Duey family, made a generous gift of $1 million toward WCU’s construction of the Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons. Slated to open in 2020, this $130-million facility will be home to the University’s rapidly growing health science curricula, physics, and the new biomedical engineering program, highlighted by the Duey Center for Biomedical Engineering and the Duey Center for Immersive Learning.

Duey is an investment partner and the chief innovation officer at Concerto HealthAI, a leader in the deployment of artificial intelligence and machine learning as applied to clinical development and health outcomes research. He is a founder, investor, and board member for numerous technology-based firms. Duey sits on the Leadership Council at the renowned Wistar Institute for cancer and vaccine research in Philadelphia.

Duey earned a bachelor of science from the University of Ottawa, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and a master of science from the University of Ottawa.

Presidential Medallions To Be Presented at December Commencement Exercises

Thomas A. Fillippo ’69
Chairman of the Board, Devault Foods
President’s Medallion recipient at the College of Health Sciences ceremony, 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14

Fillippo is chairman of the board of Devault Foods and a long-time supporter of West Chester University whose ties to the University extend to his two children, both of whom are WCU alumni (Joelle ’05 and Thomas W. ’15). A member of the WCU Council of Trustees since 1998, he has served both as council chair and as the council representative to the West Chester University Foundation Board of Trustees.

A kinesiology major and former WCU football player, Fillippo is a member of the Rams Athletic Association and an advisory board member of the Sturzebecker Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame, the Killinger Hall of Fame, and the Sturzebecker Hall of Fame. In recognition of his many contributions to the University, he received the President’s Award in 1998 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.

Fillippo serves numerous community and industry organizations as a director of DNB First Bank, a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Meat Institute, director emeritus of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, trustee of Paoli Hospital Foundation, and past president of the Pennsylvania Meat Packers Association, among other roles.

Barbara J. Lappano ’67, M’73
Retired Professor of Dance
President’s Medallion recipient at the College of Health Sciences ceremony, 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14

Former kinesiology faculty member Lappano taught dance education, technique, and theory courses from 1970 to 2004. She created WCU’s dance minor and served as the coordinator of dance until she retired.

Founder of the University’s Dance Production Workshop (1974-2004), she has served as the executive director of the Alumni Dance Chapter since 2007 and is director of WCU’s annual Winter Dance Festival. With expertise in theatrical jazz and tap (and other styles), she produced dance concerts and served as the choreographer for WCU’s musical theatre program. She established the Barbara J. Lappano Dance Scholarship for a full-time WCU dance minor.

She has choreographed community musical theatre, continues to choreograph for the Downingtown Area School District, and is teaching tap to Henderson High School theatre students in preparation for their musicals. Lappano also teaches ballet, jazz, and musical theatre at The Russell’s Dance and Baton Studio in Sadsbury, PA, and teaches privately through her Dance By Design business.

Lappano is a trustee of the Charles S. Swope Memorial Scholarship Foundation, serves on the advisory board of WCU Live!, and is a former member of WCU’s Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Cultural Arts Advisory Board. She was inducted into the Sturzebecker Hall of Fame and earned WCU’s Legacy of Leadership award.

Michael Peich
Professor Emeritus of English
President’s Medallion recipient at the College of Art and Humanities ceremony, 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15

Peich is the founder of the University’s Aralia Press and co-founder (together with poet Dana Gioia) of the renown West Chester University Poetry Conference.

In 1983, he founded Aralia Press to teach undergraduate and graduate students the art of printing. The nationally renowned literary fine press, located in the Francis Harvey Green Library, provided students hands-on experience in the publishing field through traditional book production. Aralia published some of the nation’s finest poets, including poets laureate Kay Ryan, Richard Wilbur, Donald Hall, Natasha Trethewey, and W.S. Merwin.

In 1993, Peich hosted the first West Chester University Poetry Conference, which became the largest poetry-only conference in America. Unique for its focus on the traditional craft of poetry and for the way it combined a writers’ conference with a scholarly conference, the gathering brought together writers, critics, and students in an informal and egalitarian atmosphere.

Peich has been a member of the West Chester University Foundation Board of Trustees since 2014 and was a member of the University’s Library Advisory Board and the Poetry Center’s Advisory Board. An avid baseball fan, historian, and vintage ephemera and card collector, he is vice president of the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame and a board member of The Ephemera Society of America.

Source: West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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