The University of Scranton Confers More Than 900 Undergraduate Degrees

May 29, 2016

undergradThe University of Scranton conferred more than 910 bachelor’s and associate degrees at its undergraduate commencement on May 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., co-founder, executive director and president of Project HOME (Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, Education), served as principal speaker. She received an honorary degree at the ceremony, as did University benefactor and former trustee Margaret M. Condron, Ph.D.

“As we celebrate your achievement today, you leave here not only with an excellent education but one that is steeped in Jesuit values,” said Sister Mary. “In today’s world this is not only incredibly marketable but one that our world and society desperately needs. You see - a Jesuit education means reflecting and acting on core Biblical values of mercy and justice.”

“It means keeping The University of Scranton’s core mission alive and real, a mission that calls for service of faith through the promotion of justice. Or as President, Father Kevin Quinn, has put it: This is the transforming power of education on a Jesuit campus rightly understood:  ‘Personal transformation that leads to societal transformation through the ongoing dialectic of personal freedom and social responsibility’,” said Sister Mary. 

Scranton’s graduates included the recipients of some of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships. Christopher Kilner received both a Goldwater Scholarship, which is the nation’s premier scholarship for undergraduates in science, mathematics and engineering, and was the first student in the University’s history to receive a highly-competitive Mitchell Scholarship. Kilner, who served as Student Government president, spoke at commencement.

In addition, four members of the University’s class of 2016 were among the five Scranton students receiving Fulbright awards, U.S. government’s premier scholarship program for overseas graduate study, research and teaching. Class of 2016 Fulbright recipients were: Sarah Fitch, who received an English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia; Olivia Gillespie, who received an English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil; Ivan Simpson-Kent, who received an Academic Award to Germany; and Veronica Sinotte, who received an Academic Award to Denmark.

Members of the University’s class of 2016 represent 17 states and Washington, D.C. States represented include California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Undergraduate majors with the most graduates are biology, nursing, accounting, exercise science and health sciences.

In addition to the remarks by Sister Mary and Kilner, University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., addressed the graduates and their guests. Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, provided the Invocation.

Also speaking commencement were: Patricia Harrington, Ed.D., acting provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Debra A. Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies; Michael O. Mensah, Ph.D., dean of the Kania School of Management; Brian P. Conniff, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Gene Talerico, Esq. ’89, Alumni Society Advisory Board member; and Helen M. Wolf, Ph.D., executive director of Campus Ministries.

Click here to see a full list of graduates.

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