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Wilkes University To Award More Than 300 Degrees At Winter Commencement Ceremony on January 21

Wilkes University will award 369 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees when it holds its winter commencement ceremony on Sunday, January 21. The event will be at 1 p.m. in the Henry Gymnasium of the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center, 274 South Franklin St. in Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy will welcome graduates and present their diplomas. The commencement speaker will be Lisa Kadlec, associate professor of biology. Kadlec was the recipient of the 2017 Carpenter Award for Teaching. The award, considered Wilkes’ highest honor for teaching, recognizes an outstanding member of the faculty. The awardee is nominated by his or her full-time colleagues.

Kadlec is a developmental biologist who is trained in cell and molecular biology and genetics. She teaches courses in genetics, developmental biology, and cell and molecular biology. Kadlec also works with students over the summer and throughout the academic year to maintain an active research program. She held a post-doctoral research fellowship from Princeton University and earned a doctorate from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College.

A reception for graduates and their families will be held following the ceremony in the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 43 bachelor’s degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.