YORK, Pa. — Penn State York will celebrate its annual spring commencement at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center on campus. Mark Wheeler, chief operating officer of The York Water Co., will be the commencement speaker. Founded in 1816, The York Water Co. is the country’s oldest investor-owned utility.
Wheeler has an extensive management background in various manufacturing and service industries, working for both publicly held global corporations and privately owned businesses. He has served as chief financial officer of multiple organizations.
Wheeler joined the Penn State York Advisory Board in 2011, and for more than a decade he has shared his expertise and played an active role in promoting the campus and serving on committees to help the campus grow. Wheeler served as chair of the advisory board in 2019 and 2020 and now serves as the immediate past chair.
A graduate of Red Lion High School, Wheeler earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Penn State and an MBA from York College of Pennsylvania.
Active in the community, Wheeler has served in a number of capacities, including as the allocations chair of the United Way, advisory board member of the Red Lion Area Educational Foundation, a mentor for Mentorship York, and is the current president of the board at the Country Club of York.
Wheeler was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2014 by the United Way of York County and was honored as the CFO of the Year in 2013 by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal.
In addition to hearing from Wheeler, Penn State York will continue its open microphone tradition, which affords graduates an opportunity to address the audience for a moment. The top graduating senior, Catie Noble, an information sciences and technology major, will represent the class of 2022 and say a few words.
The campus will award associate and baccalaureate degrees during the program. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
For those who cannot attend the event, Penn State York’s commencement can be viewed on Comcast Cable Channel 18 or via livestream on the campus website.