CHESTER, PA - Widener University conferred degrees to more than 800 undergraduates, including to Union's Titilope Omisakin in a ceremony Saturday, May 19. Commencement was held on Memorial Field at the university.

The commencement speaker was former Air Force pilot Maj. Heather "Lucky" Penney, who is widely known for her heroic service on Sept. 11, 2001. She currently serves as senior resident fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies at the Air Force Association.

Penney received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the ceremony. In addition, an honorary doctor of public service degree was presented to Thomas H. Bown, II, of Gwynedd Valley, Pa., a distinguished Widener alumnus and an honorary member of the Widener Board of Trustees.

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Emma Irving of Hummelstown, Pa. was the class valedictorian. Jennifer Rohrbach of Kutztown, Pa. and Jeffrey Lord of Sringfield, Pa. were co-salutatorians.

Omisakin earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Nursing Undergraduate from Widener's School of Nursing.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,