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RMU’s 87th Commencement Features First Class of Pittsburgh Promise Graduates

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pittsburgh – Saleem Ghubril, executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise, will be the keynote speaker at Robert Morris University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Sewall Center Arena at RMU’s Moon Township campus.

Sixteen Pittsburgh Promise students will join 521 classmates in earning a bachelor’s degree that day from RMU, part of the first class of students in Pennsylvania to receive a college degree thanks to the Pittsburgh Promise scholarships.

“Our mission at RMU is to change the lives of our students so they can change the lives of others, and this dovetails perfectly with the mission of the Pittsburgh Promise. This first group of Promise students to complete their degrees at RMU have made a tremendous impact on the life of the campus, and we look forward to their roles as alumni,” said RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo.

Also speaking at the undergraduate ceremony will be Class of 2012 President Besart Stavileci, who also will receive the annual Presidential Transformational Award.

RMU will hold its graduate commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, also in the Sewall Center Arena. Among the 229 master’s and doctoral students to whom Dell’Omo will hand a diploma that day will be his wife, Polly, who is earning a master’s degree in instructional leadership.

Polly Dell’Omo earned her degree by taking her courses online; the instructional leadership program is one of 20 bachelor’s and master’s degrees available entirely online from Robert Morris. Polly Dell’Omo is a professional tutor in the RMU Center for Student Success and a part-time faculty member in the Department of Mathematics.

The keynote speaker at the graduate ceremony will be Barbara McNees, president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and a member of the RMU Board of Trustees.

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Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.