Judge Nancy Vernon to Deliver Keynote Address at Commencement Ceremony
The 44th commencement at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, will take place May 10, 2014, with the Honorable Nancy D. Vernon, judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County, as the featured speaker.
A native of Uniontown, Judge Vernon is a graduate of Uniontown Area Senior High School, West Virginia University and Duquesne University School of Law. Following graduation from law school, Judge Vernon clerked for the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County, later joining her father in the practice of law.
After maintaining a general law practice for 26 years in Uniontown, Judge Vernon in 1997 became an assistant district attorney of Fayette County, focusing on the prosecution of cases involving domestic violence and sexual assault. In 1999, she was elected the first female district attorney of Fayette County and served for three terms before becoming a judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County in 2010.
According to Penn State Fayette Interim Chancellor Dr. Arlene Hall, Judge Vernon is an outstanding role model and an excellent choice to address this year’s graduates. She said, “The Honorable Nancy Vernon’s impressive resume as a champion for justice — and particularly her commitment to protect and improve the lives of abused, abandoned or neglected children within the county — is highly commendable and represents a standard of citizenship that will serve as an inspiration for our graduates.”
Judge Vernon will offer her wisdom and advice to the graduation candidates, their families and friends at this Spring’s Penn State Fayette commencement ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. in the main arena of the campus Community Center.