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Health Science, Leadership Graduations Set This Weekend at Duquesne

The Rangos School of Health Sciences and the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement (SLPA) at Duquesne University will host commencement ceremonies this weekend in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

On Friday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Leslie G. Portney will deliver the commencement address for the Rangos School of Health Sciences.

Portney is interim dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and chair of physical therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston. With more than 40 years of experience and more than 100 publications and professional presentations, she is recognized as a national leader in physical therapy education and research.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, at 1:30 p.m., the SLPA commencement will feature Donald Marinelli, a Duquesne alumnus and co-founder of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Entertainment Technology Center.

Marinelli is a professor of drama and arts management and executive producer of the Entertainment Technology Center. During his tenure at CMU, Marinelli helped to create the school’s Master of Arts Management, Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Master of Entertainment Technology programs. He is co-author of The Comet and the Tornado, which recounts Marinelli’s co-founding the Entertainment Technology Center with the late CMU Professor Randy Pausch.

The ceremony will be broadcast live online; visit http://www.duq.edu/leadership/graduation.cfm. SLPA students earn their degrees at Duquesne’s main campus, programs in Fort Indiantown Gap and Moon Township, and through online coursework in more than 20 states.

A Baccalaureate liturgy will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the University Chapel, prior to the Saturday commencement.

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