New Kensington prepares for spring 2023 commencement

Tom Guzzo, alumnus and mayor of New Kensington, to serve as speaker
Lion shrine statue with graduation mortarboard

The Lion Shrine at Penn State New Kensington dons a graduation mortarboard.

Credit: Rebecca Dietrich

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Penn State New Kensington will honor its spring 2023 graduates on May 6 with an in-person ceremony at 10 a.m. The ceremony also will be livestreamed.  

Tom Guzzo, Penn State alumnus and fourth-term mayor of the city of New Kensington, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. He also is the president of Horizon Rehabilitation Services and is a certified rehabilitation counselor. After graduating from Valley High School in New Kensington, he pursued his postsecondary education at Penn State, earning a bachelor’s degree in health, planning and administration, followed by a master’s degree in education. Proud and excited about the current revitalization in New Kensington, which includes numerous new businesses, the creation of hundreds of jobs and strengthening opportunities for the community, Guzzo credits Penn State, and specifically the New Kensington campus, for its attention and investments made in the city. 

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Athletic Center. Graduates are asked to arrive and check in at 9 a.m. in Conference Center 051. Details and livestream information can be viewed at the New Kensington campus graduation website

Students, family and friends can follow the campus on Instagram (@psnkadmissions) to see photos during the ceremony. Individuals can share their photos by tagging the campus and using the hashtag #PSUgrad. A full gallery of photos from the ceremony, including graduate portraits from the event, will be posted to the campus Facebook page the week following commencement. 

Class of 2023 

Baccalaureate degrees 

College of Engineering, B.S., Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology — Thomas Barrett, Josephine Heim, Alexander Ivory, Andrew Perry, Alexanderia Polka, Samuel Ramsey 

College of Liberal Arts, B.A., Psychology — Skylar Dale 

College of Nursing, B.S., Nursing — Johannah Cherry, Sydney Clever, Leann Frederick, Danielle Kitch, Michele Smeltzer, Jasmine Taylor 

University College, B.S., Biobehavioral Health — Talissa King Furniss, Pape Mbaye, Michel Nafash, Jennifer Roberts, Elizabeth Schachte 

University College, B.S., Business — Tallon Auth, Sebastian Borrero, Garrett Carr, Joseph Dusabe, Jonathan Hartill, Chase Koedel, Erin Maguire, Nicholas Tabaka 

University College, B.A., Communications — Matthew Moraitis, Demario Stanback, Serena Timko 

University College, B.S., Criminal Justice — Alaina Aulerich, Gianna Foglia, Kaylea Kemp, Farid Nafash, Anthony Sawl, Mary Shaw 

University College, B.S., Information Sciences and Technology — Justin Christy, Zachery Craig, Matthew Dambrosia, Matthew Ingram, Dakota Lane, Reise Matson, Carl Smith, Bevanny Stearman, Nolan Thompson, Jesse Weltz 

University College, B.S., Project and Supply Chain Management — Sam Barca, Anthony Frazetta, Ryan Welsh 

University College, B.A., Psychology — Shaylynne Boitnott, Deshaya Davis, Ashley Sovitski, Sara Tresco 

Associate degrees 

College of Engineering, A.S., Biomedical Engineering Technology — Luke Baierl, Nicholas Hill, Maria Sherbondy, Joseph Shybloski, Dana Summers 

University College, A.S., Business Administration -— Hanna Morow 

University College, A.S., Multidisciplinary Studies — Aric Curler 

University College, A.S., Radiological Sciences — Alexis Baumler, Morgan Gamble, Daisha Keys, Wyatt Libitzer, Brianna Troutman