Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Nearly 450 are set to graduate
Incoming freshman academic honors students will be recognized Aug. 27.
YOUNGSTOWN Nearly 450 students will receive diplomas at Youngstown State University's summer commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday in Beeghly Center.
The event includes the awarding of doctoral degrees in educational leadership to three graduates: Maureen Donofrio and Ben McGee of Youngstown and Jacqueline Respress of New Castle, Pa.
Joseph S. Nohra, retired vice president and chief financial officer of the Cafaro Co. and a former member of the YSU Board of Trustees, will receive an honorary degree and give the commencement address.
Nohra, who received the 2006 YSU Distinguished Citizen Award, graduated from Youngstown University in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He served as a trustee between 1995 and 2004 and is a member of the Penguin Club board and the Alumni Society.
Michael P. Miladore of Canfield will be the student speaker.
The 2004 valedictorian of Canfield High School enrolled at YSU in June 2004 as a member of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine class of 2010 in an accelerated medical degree program in which participants earn an undergraduate degree at YSU in two years and go on to medical school for four years. He graduates summa cum laude from YSU Saturday with a bachelor's degree in combined science. He has been on the Dean's List each semester and has maintained a 3.95 grade point average. He will enter medical school at NEOUCOM in Rootstown.
Miladore has been inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the Clarence P. Gould Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society. He was awarded Class Honors each year while at YSU, and was recognized as being among the top 1 percent of his class in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was an employee in the Office of University Development while attending YSU.
His parents are Drs. Michael J. and Dianne Bitonte Miladore, both YSU and NEOUCOM graduates. Dianne Bitonte Miladore is a YSU trustee.
Nearly 500 incoming freshmen students will be honored at the fifth annual Outstanding Freshman Scholars Tribute at 2 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center.
The event recognizes freshman who have received Scholarships of Excellence from YSU. All funds for the Scholarships of Excellence are managed by the YSU Foundation.
Brett Miller, a 2000 YSU graduate, will deliver the keynote address. Miller is in the doctoral program at the University of Maryland and is in the Air Force.
Honorees attending the event will be eligible for a drawing for one year free room and board in selected university housing. Three $150 gift certificates to the YSU Bookstore also will be awarded. Family members also are eligible for prizes, including YSU football and theater tickets.
Family, friends, the general public and university community are invited to attend. For more information, contact Cindy Helton at 330-941-1585.