A 1957 graduate of Summit Hill High School has been chosen to be the East Stroudsburg University graduate division commencement speaker on May 11.

Bruce Frassinelli will speak on the topic "Is the Tassel Worth the Hassle?"

Frassinelli received the college's Distinguished Alumni Award last fall. He earned a bachelor of science degree in 1961 and a master of arts degree in 1969, both from ESU.

Frassinelli, who lives in Schnecksville, served as publisher and editor of The Palladium-Times in Oswego, N.Y., from 1992-98, capping a 32-year career in print journalism that began in Easton. He rose through the ranks at The Express (now The Express-Times) from bureau chief to editor and general manager during a 25-year period, before being promoted to head the Oswego newspaper.

Since his retirement in 1998, he has continued to teach online Communication Studies courses for the State University of New York at Oswego, and he teaches in-classroom political science courses at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Frassinelli also serves as senior columnist for Oswego County Business Magazine and a companion publication, 55 Plus. He has won the "best column" designation for three years in a row in the annual Golden Quotes Awards competition, sponsored by the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County.