University Plans Commencement Events

May 23, 2011

The University of Scranton will host numerous events in honor of the graduating Class of 2011 culminating with commencement ceremonies for master’s and doctoral degree candidates on Saturday, May 28 and for undergraduate students on Sunday, May 29.

Events planned include, on Friday, May 27, Class Night at which undergraduates will be recognized for academic achievement, leadership and service. Class Night begins at 8 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.

On Saturday, May 28, 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. Academic awards will be presented to the top students from the College of Graduate and Continuing Education during 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 to be held in the Houlihan McLean Center. A reception will follow.

Saturday afternoon, the University will also host receptions for members of the Class of 2011 who have made long-term service commitments following graduation and for Alumni Legacy graduates and their families.

At 4 p.m., the Baccalaureate Mass will be held in the Byron Recreation Complex. University of Scranton President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will serve as celebrant. Rev. Richard G. Malloy, S.J., vice president for university ministries, will serve as homilist.

Also on Saturday, at 8:30 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, May 29, The University of Scranton will confer bachelor’s and associate’s degrees during its noon commencement ceremony at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. Father Pilarz will serve as the principal speaker. Honorary degrees will be presented to Freda Adler, Ph.D., director of the Master of Science Program in Criminology and visiting professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania; Carl J. Kuehner, University of Scranton alumnus, former trustee and co-founder of Hope for Haiti; and Msgr. Andrew Martin, president emeritus of Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, N.J. 

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