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Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Message from Karen Thole, the department head of mechanical engineering to the Class of 2020

Congratulations on the completion of your baccalaureate degree at Penn State. This step represents a significant achievement and is one that we take extreme pride in recognizing. We know this year has been particularly challenging and are deeply sorry we will not be able to recognize our students' accomplishments during the originally planned College of Engineering commencement.

In addition to the virtual commencement ceremony held by the University on Saturday, May 9th, we have committed to providing a second, in-person celebration with our graduates and their families, when public health guidelines allow.

In addition to the commencement ceremonies, our Department wants to do something special. The ME Undergraduate Office is creating the first ever online yearbook for the Spring 2020 graduating class. Email communication has already been sent to each student regarding the project and I sincerely hope everyone will participate to make sure they can forever remember their graduating classmates.

Students will also receive information regarding membership, which is free, to our Department’s alumni organization, the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Society (PSMES). We hope students will join so we can stay connected and hear of all their successes.

In closing, I wish to offer my sincere congratulations to our students on this significant accomplishment and I look forward to working in the future as alumni of our Department.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519