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    Commencement Events Celebrate Class of 2018

    “The legacy from those before, is briefly ours to hold.” Lyrics from Scranton’s alma mater will ring true to members of Scranton’s Class of 2018 as they prepare for commencement exercises later this month.
    May 15, 2018

    The University will host numerous events honoring its graduating Class of 2018 on Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27.

    Friday evening events include a graduate award ceremony and reception for Panuska College of Professional Studies master and doctoral level candidates receiving outstanding graduate student awards. The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the Kane Forum of Leahy Hall. At 5 p.m., a graduate award reception for Kania School of Management master and doctoral level candidates receiving outstanding graduate student awards will take place in the Rose Room of Brennan Hall.

    Also on Friday evening, undergraduates will be recognized for academic achievement, leadership and service at Class Night, which begins at 8 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.

    On Saturday at 8 a.m., the Physical Therapy Department will hold a graduation awards ceremony in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.

    At 9:30 a.m., the University will conduct a pinning ceremony for nursing graduates in the Long Center. A reception for families and friends will follow.

    At 10:45 a.m., the commencement ceremony for master’s and doctoral degree candidates will take place in the Byron Recreation Complex. Peter J. Danchak ’84, regional president, PNC Bank, Northeast Pennsylvania, will serve as the principal speaker and receive an honorary degree at the ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, a reception for master’s and doctoral degree recipients and their guests will be held on the Alumni Memorial Green.

    At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, ROTC Army cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a ceremony in the Houlihan McLean Center. A reception will follow.

    Saturday afternoon, the University will also host a reception for members of the Class of 2018 who have made long-term service commitments following graduation at 2 p.m. in the McDonnell Room of the DeNaples Center. Also at 2 p.m., a reception for Alumni Legacy graduates and their families in the atrium of the Loyola Science Center. A photo of the Legacy graduates with their alumni parents and grandparents will take place at 2:45 p.m.

    At 4 p.m., the Baccalaureate Mass will be held in the Byron Recreation Complex. University of Scranton Interim President Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., will serve as main celebrant and homilist.

    Also on Saturday, at 8 p.m., a President’s Reception for graduates and parents will be held in the Byron Recreation Complex. Tickets are required to attend.

    On Sunday, at 8 a.m., the Occupational Therapy Department will hold a graduation awards ceremony in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.

    Also on Sunday, the University will confer bachelor’s and associate’s degrees during its noon commencement ceremony at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, will serve as the principal speaker and receive an honorary degree at the ceremony. Sister Ann Walsh, I.H.M., former CEO and current assistant director of Friends of the Poor; William Whitaker, founding president of the Washington Jesuit Academy, Washington. D.C.; and Cecelia Lynett Haggerty, Times-Shamrock Communications and former University Trustee, will also receive honorary degrees at the ceremony.

    The University will live video stream several of the commencement events that can be seen at www.scranton.edu/eventslive. An archived video will be available immediately following each live streamed event and will remain available for viewing on this site for 30 days.

    For additional information about the University’s 2018 commencement events, visit www.scranton.edu/commencement.

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