Educator, security specialist to address Cal U. grads

May 7, 2013
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Mark Camillo
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Deborah Ann Shanley

Two distinguished alumni will address graduating students when California University of Pennsylvania holds commencement ceremonies May 17 and 18 in the Convocation Center. In separate ceremonies, Interim President Geraldine M. Jones will award nearly 300 master’s degrees and 1,000 bachelor’s and associate’s degrees.

Dr. Deborah Ann Shanley, class of 1974, will address master’s degree candidates at 7 p.m. May 17. The dean of the School of Education at Brooklyn College since 1998, Shanley’s work with multiple college and community groups earned her a Humanitarian Award from the CUNY Consortium for the Study of Disabilities and the Medgar Evers College Worker Education Program.

Her current work focuses on creating partnerships with New York City schools and cultural institutions as vehicles for extending teacher preparation.

During the ceremony, master’s degree candidates will be vested in their academic hoods.

Mark Camillo, class of 1976, will address bachelor’s and associate’s degree candidates at 10 a.m. May 18. A law enforcement and security professional who specializes in emergency preparedness operations, he is credited with directing the security operations of some of the most critical sites in the world. During 21 years as a special agent in the U.S. Secret Service, Camillo completed three separate assignments at the White House, served as deputy assistant director and chief technology officer for the agency, and coordinated security operations for the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He currently is a senior fellow at the George Mason University Center for Infrastructure Protection and senior vice president for strategic planning at Contemporary Services Corp., a national leader in event security and crowd management.

Doors to the Convocation Center will open two hours before each ceremony. Both ceremonies will be streamed live online; for a link, visit

More information about commencement, including links to directions and parking information, is available at



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