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Gorgas named student marshal for summer commencement

Jessica Gorgas has been selected as the College of Education's student marshal for the summer semester 2019 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State University Park campus.

Summer 2019 college marshal Jessica GorgasJessica Gorgas has been selected as the College of Education's student marshal for the summer semester 2019 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State University Park campus. Gorgas selected David Gamson, associate professor of education (education theory and policy), to escort her as the College’s faculty marshal.

Gorgas, from Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, will graduate from the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Program with a bachelor of science in education and public policy with minors in history and sociology; and a master of arts in education theory and policy. Gamson and Dana Mitra served as her academic advisers.

A member of the Schreyer Honors College, Gorgas was very active as a D.C. Social Justice Fellow, Shavers Creek Outdoor School Learning Group Leader, and a Residence Life Assistant as well as an active member of THON during her time at Penn State.

Her work experience took her to various parts of Pennsylvania as well as online. She was a Shaver's Creek Outdoor School learning group leader in State College; a remote intern for a Schools of Opportunity project; a Nevins Fellow for the Office of Major William Peduto and Art of Democracy in Pittsburgh; and a unit counselor for Camp Conshatawba in Johnstown.

Gorgas also earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Her project fulfilled the community need of introducing young children to music by taking action in creating a concert designed specifically for preschool and elementary-aged children.

Gorgas' parents, Tim and Nancy; younger brother, Donovan; and boyfriend, Kyler Sonney, plan to attend the ceremony.

She will be seeking a job in social service, advocacy and nonprofits in the education field with particular interest in social justice and equity issues.