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Waynesburg U. announces 2024 commencement speakers

Apr 10, 2024

Waynesburg University will hold its annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises Sunday, May 5, on the campus of Waynesburg University, during its milestone 175th anniversary year.

John Montgomery, President and CEO of Community Bank, will address the Class of 2024 as the Commencement speaker, and Rev. Dr. Edward Glover, founder of Urban Impact and Associate Preacher at Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker.

The celebration will honor more than 350 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional site in Southpointe.

Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m.

Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony. For more information, please visit

About the Speakers

John Montgomery

John Montgomery

John Montgomery is the President and CEO of Community Bank, which is a $1.45 billion commercial bank serving southwest Pennsylvania and portions of the West Virginia’s Ohio Valley.

Montgomery has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and has had a wide range of experience with both large and small institutions. He started his banking career as a part-time teller and, in addition to his current position, Montgomery has served as Chief Credit Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Divisional President, Managing Director Retail Banking, and Managing Director Commercial Banking.

Montgomery has extensive experience in risk management, asset liability management, commercial banking, retail banking, operations, and payments.  He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has taught economics and banking for both the American Bankers Association and the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers.

Montgomery earned his bachelor’s degree from Juniata College and holds an MBA from Drexel University.

He serves on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit institutions including the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association. His past community involvement includes serving The United Way, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, and Habitat for Humanity. In addition, Montgomery has served as Treasurer, Chair of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, and Chair of the Trustees for Covenant United Methodist Church.

Montgomery and his daughter, Elizabeth, have traveled to Ghana multiple times, in mission, to assist in providing clean water to those in poverty.

Montgomery was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and lived for over 20 years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Cory, reside in Washington County and are blessed with three wonderful children and one granddaughter.

Pastor Ed Glover

Revered Dr. Edward Glover

Revered Dr. Edward Glover and his wife, Tammy, have passionately followed their calling to minister to the least, the last and the lost in Pittsburgh’s urban North Side community for over 35 years.

Together, they founded Urban Impact in 1995, after serving for almost a decade in youth ministry at Allegheny Center Alliance Church. Urban Impact currently has more than 60 programs in Athletics, Education, Performing Arts, and Options, a post high school placement program, serving over 2,500 students each year.

Rev. Glover currently serves as Associate Preacher at Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, PA, and is a highly respected and sought-after speaker. He is regularly scheduled to speak at churches both locally and nationally.

In 2011, Rev. Glover received the prestigious Restoring Places Award at the Epoch Missions Gala in Atlanta, GA. In 2014, Urban Impact was awarded the inaugural “True Inspiration Award” for the northeast region from the Chick-fil-A Foundation for demonstrating “groundbreaking practices and visionary leadership” with innovative education.

Rev. Glover also founded Global Impact USA six years prior to Urban Impact’s inception. Global Impact was an annual, one-day missions event that gave students the charge to respond to the call of God in their lives and put it into practice.

Rev. Glover graduated from Lambuth University in Tennessee, and received his Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary in New York.

He and Tammy continue to live on the North Side. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

175 Years of Light

The year 2024 marks Waynesburg University’s 175th Anniversary. The theme of the year-long celebration, “175 Years of Light,” focuses on honoring the University’s mission as well as its motto, “fiat lux,” or “let there be light.” This milestone year is a time for reflection, but also a time for great anticipation as the WU community together looks forward to the next 175 years while celebrating generations of students, faculty and staff pursuing lives of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.

About Waynesburg University

Consistently ranked a best value school, Waynesburg University’s Strategy for the 21st Century affirms its commitment to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and ethical leadership skills for all students. Rooted in its mission of faith, learning and service, the private, Christian university is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional programs in Southpointe.