Commencement 2016 Keynote Speaker

Jim BishopBucks County Community College will celebrate its 50th annual commencement Thursday, May 19, 2016.  Please check back in May 2016 for the announcement of our Keynote Speaker.


49th Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker:

Jim Bishop, founder, owner, and CEO of the Cornerstone Clubs and a proud Bucks alumnus, as commencement speaker. The ceremony gets underway at 6 p.m. in the Gymnasium on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa.

Bishop attended Bucks for two years then earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. After working in many aspects of the health club industry for 14 years, he opened the first Cornerstone Club in 1995. His business has since grown to three health clubs, a Pilates and yoga studio, a Center for Wellbeing, and a full-service day spa. Bishop, who is married with four grown children, lives in Holland, Pa.

The college will recognize Bishop’s achievements by granting him an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree, to be presented by college president Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt and Board of Trustees chair James Dancy. He’ll also receive a professional achievement award from the college’s alumni association.

In addition, Dancy will commemorate the college’s 50th anniversary. The year-long celebration, marking the college’s founding in 1964, was launched at last year’s commencement ceremony and included an anniversary gala, community day, and other special events.