EAST STROUDSBURG, PA — A total of 1,101 students will receive degrees from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania on May 9. Two students from Plainfield will be among the graduating class. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, traditional ceremonies could not take place, but all degrees will be conferred upon completion of coursework.

The two students from Plainfield are Zhane Lewis and Kayla Whitaker.

ESU will share messages from Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., ESU President; Wil Del Pilar, Ph.D., Vice President of higher education at The Education Trust; and Leila Bouchekouk '20 ESU Student Government President.

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Along with their remarks, a video was created using photos graduating students submitted of their favorite campus memories, along with a digital copy of a commemorative celebration booklet. All can be found at esu.edu/celebrate on Saturday, May 9. Students will receive a copy of the commemorative booklet via mail, along with a graduation tassel and any honors cords they have earned.

A total of 905 bachelor's degrees, 185 master's degrees and 11 doctoral degrees will be awarded.

East Stroudsburg University, one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, opened in 1893 as East Stroudsburg Normal School. Today, ESU is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 58 undergraduate programs, 21 master's programs and two doctoral program. Over 6,000 students are enrolled for the high quality, affordable, and accessible education ESU provides. Nearly 30,000 ESU alumni live in Pennsylvania.