Penn State Altoona to hold spring commencement ceremony
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 1150 hits
ALTOONA — Penn State Altoona will hold its spring commencement ceremony Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. About 235 students plan to process with 300 slated to graduate.
Mike Reid will serve as commencement speaker. Reid, an Altoona native and 1969 graduate of Penn State, gained fame as a Penn State football player. After graduating with a degree in music, he went on to play as a defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1970-1974. After an outstanding career in professional football, Reid moved forward in music, composing more than thirty hit singles for country music artists including Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, and Tim McGraw. He released two albums from his solo recording career, charting seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks.