Community College of Beaver County alumnus Justin Solobay, who graduated from the College’s professional piloting program in 2005, returns May 9 to give the commencement speech to the class of 2013.

Since his time at CCBC, Justin Solobay, son of State Senator Tim Solobay, received his bachelor of science in meteorology from California University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in Systems Engineering & Emergency Management from The George Washington University. Currently employed as an Emergency Management Specialist with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of the Controller of Currency in Washington, D.C., he serves as the continuity of operations program manager and provides support to physical, personnel and cyber security.


Since 2000, Mr. Solobay has served in the U.S. Air Force reserves as a crew chief on a KC-135 Stratotanker. He is currently assigned to the 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. He has deployed for contingency, show-of-force, humanitarian, and training operations throughout much of the nation and to ten different countries. Some of his service awards include: the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He has also received numerous unit level citations and state-issued decorations for leadership, service, and achievement.


The College graduates over 300 students in May. This year’s commencement ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. on May 9 in the Athletics and Events Center.