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Commencements, Receptions Set for Class of 2013

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has a slate of festivities scheduled to celebrate the spring 2013 commencement.
April 26, 2013

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has a slate of festivities scheduled to celebrate the spring 2013 commencement.

The Penn State Smeal MBA Program class of 2013 will hold their pre-commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center. Smeal alumnus William C. Lane, Washington director at Caterpillar, Inc., will deliver the keynote address. A reception for graduates, their guests, and MBA faculty and staff will follow.

Smeal will host its annual Senior Sendoff Celebration for the class of 2013 on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. in the Business Building Atrium. This semiannual event is a time for Smeal seniors and their families to reflect on their accomplishments and celebrate their future. Smeal Dean Charles Whiteman will speak to graduates and their guests at 2:30 p.m.

Commencement for the Smeal class of 2013 will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, in the Bryce Jordan Center. More than 1,100 students will receive their diplomas. The commencement speaker is Smeal alumnus Lizabeth Zlatkus, retired executive vice president and chief risk officer at The Hartford.

Also on May 5, the Integrated Master of Accounting (MAcc) program will hold a graduation ceremony at noon in the Business Building Atrium. Several faculty members will speak, including Benjamin Lansford, director of the MAcc program, and Steven Huddart, chair of the Accounting Department.

Members of the MBA class of 2013--about 80 students--along with several Smeal Ph.D. students will receive their degrees at the Graduate School commencement at 4:30 p.m. on May 5 in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Executive MBA Program will hold its commencement ceremony in the Business Building Atrium on June 15, conferring degrees on about 30 students.

About William C. Lane
William C. Lane has spent the last 15 years as director of Caterpillar’s Washington office, responsible for the company’s corporate governmental affairs activities to improve competitiveness, promote trade liberalization, and encourage economic growth.

Lane has held numerous leadership positions in Washington, and is co-president of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, a coalition supporting a robust international affairs budget. In addition, Lane is an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Lane holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Penn State and serves on the Smeal Alumni Society Board.

About Lizabeth Zlatkus
Lizabeth Zlatkus recently retired from her 28-year tenure at The Hartford Financial Services Group, where she held leadership positions such as chief risk officer, chief financial officer, and co-president of Hartford Life Insurance Companies.

Zlatkus has been widely recognized for her professional achievements in the insurance industry, as one of the top 100 women executives by Business Insurance magazine, and as a ‘Woman Worth Watching’ in the Profiles Diversity Journal. Drawing on her broad experience leading complex international organizations, Zlatkus currently provides consulting services on risk, insurance, and leadership issues.

Zlatkus holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Smeal, and she currently serves as Chair of the Smeal College Board of Visitors.

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