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37 to Receive Degrees at GA Commencement

Student-athlete, IST major from DRC to make student address

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
May 02, 2022
Posted in: Announcements, McKeesport and Region News

UPDATED Monday night with news that David Newell’s appearance has been postponed.

The spring commencement for Penn State University’s Greater Allegheny Campus will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Wunderley Gymnasium. Jacqueline Edmondson, chancellor and chief academic officer, will preside over the ceremony and recognize 37 candidates with degrees.

Namy-Paul Kihonia Makiese will deliver the student commencement address. Makiese, who is earning a bachelor’s in information sciences & technology from PSGA, is a student athlete who has captained the men’s soccer team for the past three seasons.

He also set the Penn State Greater Allegheny school record for the 200-meter and 60-meter track events. An active member of the Pan-African Union, Makiese is the son of Samuel Kihonia Makiese and Nancy Manzeke Nzasa.

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Makiese moved to the United States in 2014 and is a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh.

Tickets are required for the event, which will be live-streamed on the university website at greaterallegheny.psu.edu/live-events.

Actor David Newell — better known to generations as “Mr. McFeely” of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” — was scheduled to deliver the commencement address, but a spokeswoman said Monday night that Newell has had to cancel his appearance.

Newell, 83, portrayed “Mr. McFeely’’ in “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in more than 400 episodes between 1968 and 2001.

“We hope to have him speak at a future event,” the university said.

Originally published May 02, 2022.

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