Moon Township, Pa. – Robert Morris University (RMU) will hold its 84th annual commencement on Saturday, May 9, in the Sewall Center at its Moon Township campus.
RMU holds two commencement ceremonies, one for graduate students at 9 a.m. and one for undergraduate students at 2 p.m. Approximately 725 students are expected to participate in commencement this year, putting the university on pace to have the largest graduating class in its history.
Susan Kapusta '81, president of the United States Steel Foundation and general manager of community affairs for U.S. Steel Corp., will be the keynote speaker at the graduate ceremony. The keynote speaker at the undergraduate ceremony will be A. Denis Clift, president of the National Defense Intelligence College. Clift will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from RMU, as will longtime local educator Joseph D’Andrea, the retired honorary consul to Italy. Also speaking at the undergraduate ceremony will be RMU senior class President Scott Golmic, a communications major.
Both ceremonies will be webcast live at www.rmu.edu/live. Clips of the two ceremonies will be available in the days following the ceremony at www.rmu.edu/gradceremony and www.rmu.edu/undergradceremony.
Please be advised that the outbound lanes of the Parkway West -- headed toward Moon -- will be closed for construction from Interstate 79 to Settler's Cabin from 10 p.m. Friday, May 8, through Sunday morning, May 10. As alternatives, take I-79 to the Coroapolis exit and follow Route 51 through Coroapolis to University Boulevard, or take Route 65 to the Sewickley Bridge to University Boulevard.
ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Susan Kapusta is responsible for community relations for all U. S. Steel and former National Steel facilities, heads the corporation’s charitable foundation, and also oversees all non-foundation corporate donations and manages of the company's United Way campaign.
Beginning her career at U. S. Steel in 1969 as a clerical employee, Kapusta soon began taking on positions of greater responsibility. She joined the company’s management team in 1989 as communication and administration services manager in the employee relations department. Shortly after that she was named recycling coordinator in the marketing and sales department of tin mill products, and was then promoted to manager of recycling in U.S. Steel’s environmental affairs department. In 1996, Kapusta was appointed manager of public affairs for U. S. Steel Group, then was promoted again to oversee all community affairs. In 2002, she took over management of the foundation.
Kapusta earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from RMU. She holds master's and doctoral degrees in corporate communication from Duquesne University in 2001, and is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XVI.
She is a member of the board of directors of the Community College of Allegheny County, where she has also served as an adjunct faculty member.
A. Denis Clift has spent 15 years as as the chief executive of the U.S. Defense Department’s flagship research and degree-granting institution. Over the course of his distinguished career, Clift has served his nation through ten presidential administrations, beginning as a naval officer under Eisenhower and Kennedy, when he was part of two Antarctic expeditions. He went on to become an expert in intelligence and national security, rising to senior staff member for Europe and the Soviet Union at the National Security Council, then a White House advisor. In 1981 Clift joined the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he worked for 13 years, eventually rising to chief of staff.
As an educational leader, Clift is a former commissioner of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He has authored three books on defense and security and another on Antarctica; he also wrote a novel, A Death in Geneva, and directed a film, Portrait of Antarctica, that screened at the Venice Film Festival.
Clift earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s in political science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He has won several awards, including the President’s Rank of Distinguished Executive, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, special commendation from the Secretary of the Navy, the Oceanographer of the Navy’s Superior Achievement Award, and the Sherman Kent and Helene R. Boatner Awards.