Commencement Stories

  • Exit Interview: Danielle Critelli

    05/13/2013

    "My next chapter after graduation is ACESJU (the Alliance for Catholic Education SJU) as an administrative fellow at Gloucester Catholic High School in New Jersey. I will manage their service program, assist with admissions, and help lead retreats. At the same time, I will also pursue a Master of Science degree in Church Management from Villanova University and live in a community with other ACE fellows in Manayunk."


  • Exit Interview: Camille Padilla Dalmau

    05/09/2013

    "I have been challenged academically, socially and spiritually. I’m a stronger and more confident writer; and, I have learned a lot about the United States and its culture. Also, participating in service trips and service around the area made me learn so much about myself. There are still many questions to be answered, but I feel much more fulfilled compared to when I first arrived."


  • Resilient Grad Achieves Remarkable Success

    05/08/2013

    A routine visit to the doctor the summer leading to his senior year of college changed Zack Tanenbaum’s life. “I received the most difficult telephone call I’ve ever had to answer,” he says. “My doctor expressed concern over the results from a recently ordered test. Weeks later, a biopsy confirmed I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.”


  • Exit Interview: Joleen Duarte Rodriguez

    05/07/2013

    "When I decided to pursue a graduate degree in healthcare administration, I chose Saint Joseph’s University because of its innovative program, reputation and core values. I learned that the program offers an excellent framework for studying the field of healthcare management."


  • Student Beats Cancer, Heads to Medical School

    05/07/2013

    Kelsea Henderson, a senior biology major at Saint Joseph's University from Salem, N.J., was only 13 when she was diagnosed with cancer. With less than a one percent chance of survival, doctors didn’t believe Henderson would live past the age of 15. After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and 18 major surgeries, she defeated the frequently fatal disease. Henderson now plans to attend Creighton University's School of Medicine, in Omaha, Neb., with the goal of one day specializing in pediatrics.


  • Exit Interview: EuTchen Ang

    05/07/2013

    EuTchen Ang, a chemistry major from Malaysia, gives his final thoughts to SJU News before heading to Princeton for his doctoral work.


  • The Benefits of Trail Blazing

    05/06/2013

    The oldest of seven children, Dominique Howard is beating the odds by being the first in her family to graduate college.


  • Grad Student Seeks to Educate the Mind and Body

    05/06/2013

    Anjelica De Sanders didn’t wait for her master’s degree in health education to begin spreading her knowledge of health issues and making a difference in the community. Named a fellow for 2012-13 by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF), Sanders has worked with the Black Women’s Health Alliance to actively address a health disparity in an underserved Philadelphia population.


  • Exit Interview: Melanie Solano

    05/06/2013

    "My SJU education has definitely made me a more well-rounded individual. By taking required GEP classes, which I probably wouldn’t have signed up for had they not been required, I learned more about topics in philosophy and theology that give me context to explore other issues and current events. As an educator I can also bring what I have learned to the children I will one day teach."


  • McNulty Scholars Program Graduates First Class

    05/02/2013

    In the fall of 2009, Kim Nguyen, Corinna Noel and Maura (Molly) Southwell began their undergraduate studies at Saint Joseph’s. While each chose majors in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, their individual passions and interests led them on diverging paths over the next four years. But the three young women had one constant in common: They all received scholarships from the John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Math.


  • French Enthusiast Expands Horizons With Teaching Assistantship

    05/02/2013

    Jennifer Cush, a senior French major and secondary education minor at Saint Joseph’s University from Washington Township, N.J., has been accepted into the Teaching Assistant Program in France for the 2013-2014 academic year. The program offers the opportunity for aspiring teachers to work in France for an academic school year, teaching English to French students.


  • For the Love of Food

    05/01/2013

    For graduate Mary Sisti, this simple Sunday tradition has had a profound influence on her academic major and chosen career path. The food marketing major has campaigned for healthier options in the cafeteria and sustainable practices on campus.


  • Elementary Education Grad Finds Comfort in Classrooms

    05/01/2013

    With her love for children, it came as no surprise that Kerryn Sklarow would enter Saint Joseph’s University as an elementary education and special education double major with an autism studies minor in the fall of 2009.  Sklarow always provided a helping hand when others needed assistance, but she found herself on the other side of the fence throughout her freshman year at Saint Joseph’s.


  • An International Perspective for a Future Military Officer

    05/01/2013

    The months following graduation are shaping up to be pretty busy for Aaron Bateman ’13, a senior member of Air Force ROTC who is a political science major with a concentration in Russian area studies. His summer will include receiving his commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, attending intelligence officer training at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas, and then beginning his service as an active duty intelligence officer.


  • Among Life Changes, Student Finds Stability at College

    04/30/2013

    “I was quiet as a freshman. I felt out of place and I just figured because I didn’t blend in well, who would miss me if I left?” This was how Melanie Mitchell felt during her freshman year at SJU. 

    Besides being part of a small minority group enrolled in the day school, Mitchell also faced hard times at home. Her parents’ divorce led to the foreclosure of their home, a $30k hold on her SJU student account, and an uncertain future for her and her three younger siblings.


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