Celebrating and Reflecting on Another Academic Year

Commencement, Alumni Weekend, prestigious scholarships and awards, new endeavors—we have a lot to celebrate as we rejuvenate this summer after another successful academic year! 

First of all, congratulations to our newest alumni—the Class of 2019! I am proud of your efforts and the stamp that you left on your university and community. You exemplify success at Shippensburg, and we can’t wait to see where you apply your skills and talents. Remember that Shippensburg University is always your home, and we hope you come back to visit.

To that end, many of our graduates returned to campus at the end of May to reconnect during Alumni Weekend. The beautiful weather made for a great backdrop during the sixtieth anniversary of Greek Life at Shippensburg, as well as many other reunions and activities. Kudos to our Alumni Award winners, who continue to accomplish amazing things in their fields and communities.

President Laurie Carter congratulates Ship’s newest alumni during spring commencement.

President Laurie Carter congratulates Ship’s newest alumni during spring commencement.

We collaborated in many ways this spring to increase our efforts to support students from all backgrounds and abilities, including the establishment of the First-Generation College Student Program and the Center for Emerging Scholars. The feature highlights more ways that our faculty and staff offer services and resources to our students to help them succeed.

Our students, faculty, and staff continue to amaze me with their achievements. Kudos to our latest Fulbright recipient, Reece Dolbin ’18. We now lead the State System in Fulbright scholars. Their experiences enlighten and enrich the work they do and the interactions they have on campus. I’d also like to congratulate our 2019 Newman Civic Fellow, Margaret Dunkelberger, and the 2019 TRIO Achievement Award winner, Dr. Jayleen Galarza. 

Congratulations to the entire Shippensburg University community on completing another great year! I wish you a relaxing, safe, and enjoyable summer!

President Laurie A. Carter