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Commencements, Receptions Set for Graduation Weekend

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has a slate of festivities scheduled to celebrate the spring 2012 commencement. The celebration begins with two events on May 5.
April 25, 2012

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has a slate of festivities scheduled to celebrate the spring 2012 commencement. The celebration begins with two events on May 5.

The 105 members of the Smeal MBA Program class of 2012 will hold their pre-commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center. Smeal alumnus Daniel Mead, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, will deliver the keynote address. The ceremony will also include remarks from James B. Thomas, the John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal, Carrie Marcinkevage, MBA managing director, and select student leaders. The ceremony will be followed by a reception for graduates, their guests, and MBA faculty and staff.

Also at 2 p.m., the college will host its Senior Sendoff celebration in the Business Building. The semiannual event is a time for Smeal seniors and their families to reflect on their accomplishments and celebrate their future. Lynn Cruser, Smeal Alumni Society Board President-Elect, will deliver remarks at 2:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

Commencement for the Smeal class of 2012 will be held at 10 a.m. on May 6 in the Bryce Jordan Center. The commencement speaker is Smeal alumnus Anthony Buzzelli, retired senior partner at Deloitte.

Members of the MBA class of 2012 will receive their degrees at the Graduate School commencement at 4:30 p.m. on May 6 in the Bryce Jordan Center.

For more information on Penn State commencement, visit commencement.psu.edu online.

About Daniel Mead
Daniel Mead was appointed president and CEO of Verizon Wireless in 2010. Prior to that, he served as president of Verizon Services Corp., overseeing all of the finance operations, real estate, and supply chain services for all Verizon companies. He was appointed to lead Verizon Services in October 2005, when the unit was created.

Mead was one of the founding senior executives responsible for launching Verizon Wireless in July 2000. From March 2001 to October 2005, he was president of its Midwest Area, a 15-state region with a population of 61 million that stretches from Pennsylvania to the Dakotas and from Minnesota to Kentucky. He has held various other leadership roles in telecommunications functions during his 29 years with Verizon and its predecessor companies.

Mead holds a bachelor's degree in Quantitative Business Analysis and Finance and an M.B.A. from Smeal.

About Anthony Buzzelli
Anthony Buzzelli, who retired from Deloitte in 2011 as senior partner, spent his entire 40-year career at Deloitte in several key positions, including vice chairman, national managing partner of U.S. Regions, managing partner for the Pacific Southwest Region based in Los Angeles, and managing partner for the Central Atlantic Region based in Washington, D.C. He also served on Deloitte’s board of directors, its Executive Committee, and its Operating Committee.

Always active in his local community, his philanthropic activities have ranged from serving as an instructor for Junior Achievement to taking part in Deloitte's annual IMPACT Day. In California since 2003, Buzzelli served on the boards of United Way of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the World Affairs Council, and the San Gabriel Valley Boy Scouts. He was a trustee of the California Science Center and chairman of Leadership LA. Currently, he serves as chair of Semester at Sea, and sits on the board of a nine-hospital integrated healthcare organization and a large member-services entity.

A lifelong supporter of Penn State, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting, Buzzelli served as the inaugural chair of Smeal's Accounting Advisory Board and is a member of the college's Board of Visitors. In 2003, Penn State named Buzzelli its Accounting Alumnus of the Year.

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