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Gov. Tom Wolf to deliver commencement at York College
Gov. Tom Wolf will deliver the spring 2018 commencement address at York College — the school’s 50th — this May.
This will be Wolf's second time delivering the commencement address at York College, last doing so in 2007 as the state secretary of revenue.
The York County-born governor will be joined by Glatfelter Insurance Group CEO and York College graduate Anthony Campisi, who will receive an honorary doctorate at the 650-student-strong graduation ceremony set for May 12, according to a news release from the college.
“We are honored to celebrate our 50th commencement with Gov. Wolf and Mr. Campisi,” York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith said in the release. “Both are longtime friends of the college whose distinguished leadership and generosity have meant so much to the York College community and beyond.”
The college has been interested in having Wolf as a commencement speaker since his election to the governor's office in 2015, Gunter-Smith said in a separate statement.
The last sitting governor who spoke at a York College commencement was former Gov. Ed Rendell in 2004.
Both Wolf and Campisi have served on York College’s board of trustees and have supported the college over their careers, the release states.
Wolf has enacted several initiatives in his first term that have helped York College, including the It’s On Us PA campaign to combat campus sexual assault.
Grant money received by York College led to the hiring of the college’s first sexual assault education education and programs coordinator in March 2017, according to the college.
York College received another It’s On Us PA grant year last week, which the college says will be used to further increase awareness efforts among the student body.
In addition, Wolf and state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced last week that they would co-chair a new School Safety Task Force to collect ideas and obtain perspectives on school safety policies.
The commencement: The 2018 commencement will take place at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 12, on the York College campus mall and is a ticketed event for students, staff and loved ones.
A livestream will take place for the event on the York College website at www.ycp.edu/commencement.