Rutledge Preschool Holds Graduation

Aug 13, 2021

It’s off to kindergarten for the Class of 2021 after a ceremony at California University of Pennsylvania.

  • - Gwendolyn Davis, 5, smiles at the Rutledge preschool graduation.

  • - Teacher Hailey Moninger adjusts MaKenna Bonelli's cap.

  • - Preschool commencement: A moment to remember.

  • - Teacher Scotlun Hileman speaks about her experience with students.

  • - Lincoln Blaney (center) chats with a classmate during the ceremony.

  • - Teacher Hailey Moninger hands Elin Kutz, 5, her diploma.

The Rutledge Institute for Early Childhood Education preschool, located on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania, celebrated the graduation of 10 children Aug. 13.

It’s off to kindergarten for the Class of 2021 this fall.

The institute, funded through a gift from Karen and Tom Rutledge, of Greenwich, Conn., brings teachers from The Village, a nationally accredited childhood education center located in California, Pa., to campus to provide high-quality preschool education to eligible children ages 3-5.

All children attending the Rutledge Institute preschool receive full scholarships. Beginning in Fall 2021, the number of children will double — from 20 to 40 — and each will receive a hot lunch.

For enrollment information, visit, email or call 724-938-5455.

Rutledge Scholars

Cal U is now accepting applications from high school seniors who wish to become Rutledge Scholars in Fall 2022. The free-tuition scholarships give students majoring in Pre-K to Grade 4 Education at Cal U the opportunity to work with children at the preschool under the direction of Cal U faculty and The Village teachers. For information on becoming a Rutledge Scholar, visit