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Keystone to celebrate academic achievements at All-College Honors Convocation

Posted: 04/24/2013

La Plume, Pa.  – Keystone College will conduct its annual All-College Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 25 from 12:45–2 p.m. in the Theatre in Brooks. The event celebrates the academic achievements of Keystone College students. Awards will be presented from each academic division and the Outstanding Graduate of the Year will be announced.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Austin J. Burke, president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. A resident of Archbald, Pa., Mr. Burke has worked in community development in Northeastern Pennsylvania since 1972. In 1981, he was named president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber and its development arms have been recognized nationally for their sustained responses to a wide range of community needs.

Mr. Burke has worked with the areas’ leaders to craft responses to local issues including Skills in Scranton, the Great Valley Technology Alliance, MetroAction Inc. Microloans; Leadership Lackawanna and The Scranton Plan. He was an incorporator of Montage Mountain, Inc. and worked to bring the Steamtown National Historic Site to Scranton. He served in Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s cabinet as Secretary for Community and Economic Development.   

A United States Air Force veteran, Mr. Burke received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Dickinson College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an associate degree from Keystone College and is a graduate of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management. The University of Scranton awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1998. He was the recipient of the 2008 Americanism Award from the Amos Lodge 136 of the B’nai B’rith.