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President Gregory Dell'Omo to give Valedictory Speech

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Robert Morris University’s 90th commencement ceremonies will feature a keynote address by RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo, who will preside over his final commencement weekend, May 8-9, before departing to become the president of Rider University.

Approximately 885 students will earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees this year: 260 at the graduate ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, and 625 the following morning, Saturday, May 9, at 9:30 at the undergraduate ceremony. Both events take place in the Sewall Center Arena at RMU’s Moon Township campus.

Dell’Omo, who became the seventh president of Robert Morris in 2005, will be the featured speaker at the undergraduate ceremony. He announced in December that he would be leaving RMU at the end of the academic year to become president of Rider University in his home state of New Jersey. His tenure has been marked by growth unparalleled in RMU’s 94-year history, including a 35 percent increase in full-time undergraduate enrollment and a 67 percent increase in the number of students living on campus.

Also speaking together at the undergraduate commencement ceremony will be Christopher Kelley, president of the Class of 2015, and his vice president, Richard Kamau Njenga.

The featured speaker at the graduate commencement ceremony will be 1973 RMU graduate Rande Somma, currently president of Rande Somma & Associates, a company that focuses on leadership coaching and development. Somma was formerly president of worldwide operations for the automotive systems group of Johnson Controls Inc., a Fortune 500 company. Somma and his wife Georgia founded and underwrite RMU’s Integrity First Scholarships, awarded annually to students who demonstrate the importance of ethical and moral conduct in business. A Pittsburgh native, Somma lives today in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Media interested in covering any of the RMU commencement ceremonies should contact Jonathan Potts at potts@rmu.edu or 412-397-5291.