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    Scranton Holds Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

    The University of Scranton conferred more than 850 bachelor’s degrees at its undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 21. Degrees were conferred to graduates who had completed their academic degree requirements in August and December of 2021, as well as January and May of 2022. (Pictured: Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry at Scranton, who served as the principal speaker.)
    May 20, 2022

    The University of Scranton conferred more than 850 bachelor’s degrees at its undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 21 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre. Degrees were conferred to graduates who had completed their academic degree requirements in August and December of 2021, as well as January and May of 2022.

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    Members of the University’s undergraduate class of 2022 represent 14 states, including Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Undergraduate majors with the most graduates are nursing, biology, occupational therapy, finance and psychology.

    Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick S.C., Congregational Leader for the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, Canada; and Lawrence R. Lynch, former chair of The University of Scranton Board of Trustees and recently retired assurance partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; received honorary degrees from the University of Scranton at the ceremony. Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry at Scranton, served as the principal speaker. Father Keller received an honorary doctoral degree from the University in 2006.

    “Your superior college education is a gift given, but given for a purpose, given with an obligation: to give back to those with whom you journey in this life,” said Father Keller in his remarks. “Your journey continues now, and you’re not the same as when you began your journey here four years ago. You are not the same because of the ways that you have connected with others; what you have come to know about yourself, this world, your family, your friends, and your God. You leave this arena today to continue your journey on this planet and you do so with changed hearts because your hearts have connected with others. And if you are open to this world and God’s grace, that change in your hearts will continue.”

    Rev. Joseph Marina, S.J., president of The University of Scranton, addressed the graduates at the ceremony and conferred degrees upon candidates presented by Victoria Castellanos, Ph.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies; Michelle Maldonado, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Michael Mensah, Ph.D., interim dean of the Kania School of Management.

    Avianna Antoinette Carilli ’22 spoke on behalf of the class of 2022. Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, provided the Invocation and University Trustee Jacquelyn Dionne provided the Benediction. Also speaking at the ceremony were Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and Joseph L. Sorbera, III ’08, president of the University’s Alumni Society.

    An archived recording of the ceremony can be seen here.

    • alt placeholderAvianna Carilli gives remarks on behalf of the class of 2022 at The University of Scranton's undergraduate ceremony at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
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