Christine Wolski, Emmy Award winner and University of Pittsburgh at Titusville and Bradford alumna, will present the commencement address at Pitt-Titusville’s 19th annual commencement ceremony to be held on April 25, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in the J. Curtis McKinney Student Union.
“We’re fortunate to have such an accomplished professional return to her alma mater – and her hometown -- to address our graduates, said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Titusville and Pitt-Bradford. “I’m certain her message will be one our graduates will remember long after our commencement exercises have passed.”
Wolski, a 1991 graduate of Pitt-Bradford’s broadcast communications program, won an Emmy Award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She won for a magazine program that she co-produced with John Begeny for WETA public television in Washington, D.C., "Washington Cherry Blossoms: A Gift of Friendship."
“Christine easily remains as one of the very top students I have ever taught,” said Jeff Guterman, associate professor and director of the broadcast communications program at Pitt-Bradford. “She started in the program during its first official year (1989) and definitely set the early standard.”
Wolski is currently a senior producer, on-air fundraising, at WETA, the leading public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational, cultural, news and public affairs programs and services. Wolski has been with WETA since 1999 and has been instrumental in helping raise more than 4 million dollars annually for the station. She has produced both local programs for the Washington, D.C. area as well as content for national PBS pledge programs.
Prior to that, she was executive director of the Genesis Family Center from 1997 to 1999, executive director of the Titusville Area United Way 1994 - 1997 and worked as a reporter for WTIV in Titusville from 1994 to 1999.
Wolski says, "I credit much of my professional success to both the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and from a great group of individuals who I was fortunate to work with and learn from in Titusville."
Sixty-four graduates will be awarded Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees during the commencement ceremony.
In keeping with Pitt-Titusville tradition, students and faculty will process to and from the ceremony to the tune of bagpipes. A reception will be held for graduates, family members, faculty, staff and friends in McKinney Commons in the J. Curtis McKinney Student Union. The public is invited to attend both the commencement ceremony and the reception.