Penn State's Graduate School commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center. The University expects to confer 1,037 master's degrees and 277 doctorate degrees.
Parking is available at the Bryce Jordan Center or at the adjacent Beaver Stadium. The primary handicapped accessible parking lot is located immediately west of Beaver Stadium. Access to this lot is available off of University Drive. For the convenience and safety of all Jordan Center guests, pickup will be delayed until pedestrian traffic is cleared on Curtin Road at the end of all events. All of the main gates, Gates A-D, are accessible entrances that are equipped with automatic door openers for convenience.
Andrew Read has been chosen as the commencement speaker. He is the Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology in the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) at Penn State. A native of New Zealand, Read was educated at the University of Otago where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984. He moved on to the University of Oxford where he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1989.
Read was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015. His certificate of election reads:
"Andrew Read’s work has revealed the evolutionary forces that shape pathogen virulence, infectivity, vaccine escape and drug resistance in a number of significant human infections. His work on malaria has provided a substantial body of experimental evidence to show that within-host selective pressures drive the evolution of both virulence and drug resistance. Integrating mathematical models with his experimental evidence, he proposed the controversial hypothesis that some vaccines can prompt evolution of more virulent pathogen strains. Recently he confirmed this hypothesis by evolving rodent malaria parasites in mice immunized with a candidate human malaria vaccine and showing virulence increased as predicted. He also developed both the theory and the proof of principle for the production of evolution-proof insecticides and provided the critical experimental evidence that animals have genetic variation in tolerance, a host defence mechanism which complements the more conventionally studied resistance."