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Judith Redlawsk will be the speaker at Central Penn College’s 137th commencement.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Forum in Harrisburg.

Redlawsk will also be presented with an honorary degree for her distinguished career in aviation, business and education.

For more than 50 years, Redlawsk has piloted everything from corporate jets to her personal helicopter. Since 1991, she has served as director of aviation for Harsco Corp., an 11,000-employee global company supporting the world’s leading steel makers, rail companies and energy producers at more than 160 sites in 30 countries. Harsco has called Harrisburg and the region home for over 170 years.

Redlawsk has been a long-time supporter of Central Penn College both as an instructor and member of the board of directors, including board vice chair. During the 1980s, she instituted a partnership between Harsco and the college that allowed graduates of the aviation business operations program to receive real-world experience as flight attendants on corporate aircraft.

As a board member, she played an instrumental role as Central Penn College became an accredited, degree-granting institution for two-year, bachelor’s and master’s programs, from 1999 to 2013.

Redlawsk is a member of the USCG Auxiliary flying as an aircraft commander, flight examiner and instructor. She also volunteers with the American Red Cross as a health and safety instructor, and is a member of Harrisburg/Hershey Zonta, 99s and Whirly Girls International. She has three grown children and six grandchildren through marriage with her late husband Bernard Redlawsk.

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