Commencement Stories

  • Class of 2017 Celebrated at May 20 Commencement Ceremonies

    Monday, May 22, 2017 Gallery

    Saint Joseph’s University’s Class of 2017 was celebrated officially on Saturday, May, 20, with commencement exercises held on the James J. Maguire ‘58 Campus. More than 2,200 undergraduate, doctoral and graduate students received degrees.
  • McNulty Scholars Program Announces Class of 2017 Graduates

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    The John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, which provides scholarships for young women who wish to become leaders in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions, announces its Class of 2017 scholars and fellows.

  • An SJU Legacy Continues: Father and Daughter Graduate Together

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Amanda Lawn ’17, an elementary education and special education double major, will dress in her cap and gown on commencement day to receive her diploma along with her fellow graduates — one of them being her father. Robert J. Lawn Jr. ’17, a police officer at Plumstead Township Police Department, will graduate next to his daughter with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.
  • Graduate Student Takes His Mission to Help Youth to Africa Through the Peace Corps

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    After commencement, Thomas Lafferty ’17 (M.S.) will work with at-risk youth when he’ll have his Saint Joseph’s master’s degree in criminal justice firmly in hand. For the next 27 months, he'll be a youth development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Swaziland.
  • Persevering Over Persecution

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Niknaz Riazati ‘17 recalls circling the outside of the library at the University of Tehran, looking for a door that didn’t have a security guard on duty, or a group of students she could follow in without being noticed.

    “I knew that if a guard asked for my paperwork, I would be kicked out,” she says.

  • With a Seven-for-Seven Acceptance Streak, Triple Jumper is a Hop, Skip and a Jump from Law School

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Psychology major Prince Yakubu '17, a triple jumper with SJU's track and field team, has been accepted to all seven law schools to which he applied. Yakubu will attend Villanova law school in the fall.
  • SJU Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support Graduates Its Largest Class of SCHOLARS

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    On May 20, the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support will graduate it's largest group of Kinney SCHOLARS at 47 strong. Many Class of 2017 SCHOLARS have already leveraged their time at the Kinney Center to find full-time positions.
  • Zack Brown

    Glass Research Yields Clear Future for Graduate

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    Zachery Brown has spent his undergrad career researching the glass transition with Piotr Habdas, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of physics. Now, he's ready to put his skills to use in graduate school.
  • DiMuzio

    From Cancer Diagnosis to Medical School

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Senior biology major Michael DiMuzio has always had a passion for science. But the future medical student was propelled in the direction of the healthcare field after a battle with leukemia that began in middle school.
  • A photo of Homan

    Follow the Signs: Graduate Goes from Dream School to Dream Job

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    In 2013, Alexandra Homan followed the signs to Saint Joseph’s University. Now as she graduates, she's following the magis to a career and an employer that inspires her.
  • Morgan Bui '17

    Hawk Lands Selective Position at Global Insurance Company

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    London, New York, Bermuda. For SJU graduating senior Morgan Bui, these locations aren’t just travel destinations, they are global markets that she will have the opportunity to work in through her new position at international insurance company Validus, beginning this summer. 
  • IDEPEL Graduate Explores Where Urban Education and Pink Sands Meet

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Before enrolling in SJU’s IDEPEL program, Nyshawana Francis-Thompson was a special education teacher and liaison for the School District of Philadelphia. While the rewards of teaching ignited her passion to make a bigger impact in the lives of others, she credits the program for giving her the confidence and skills to achieve this goal.
  • A photo of Matthew and Tyler Eads.

    Graduating Twins Share a Major and a Business

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    Matthew and Tyler Eads ’17, identical twins from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, have roomed together, taken classes together and even started their own business together during their four years at SJU. This May, they will both graduate with degrees in business intelligence and analytics — but then their paths will diverge as they begin equally impressive careers with separate employers.
  • Amar Donthala

    International Graduate Finds His Voice and Career Path Through Data

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Amarendranath (Amar) Reddy Donthala ’17 (M.S.) is a storyteller. “I enjoy the opportunity to express myself creatively,” he says. But instead of using words, this former computer programmer from Hyderabad, India, weaves his narratives with data. While earning his Master’s of Science in business intelligence & analytics (MSBI) at Saint Joseph’s, Donthala became enamored with data visualization. After graduating this May, he will begin his career as a data visualization analyst.
  • Sue Henry

    A Long Road to the Pottery Wheel

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Sue Henry has always been an artist at heart. But the path to her passion hasn’t always been a straight line for the 60-year-old graduating senior.
  • SJU Announces Class of 2017 Commencement Speakers, Honorary Degree Recipients

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Madeline Bell, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will address the Class of 2017 at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sat., May 20 at 9 a.m. Alumna and education advocate Linda Cliatt-Wayman ’92 (M.S.) will deliver the address at the graduate and doctoral ceremony at 3 p.m.
  • SJU Gallery to Feature Work by Class of 2017 Art Majors

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Four graduating student artists will display their work in the tenth annual senior art thesis exhibition at Saint Joseph’s University Gallery, Friday, April 7, through Saturday, May 20. The exhibit will be shown on the second floor of Merion Hall on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus.
  • Graduating Senior Will Journey to Slovakia for Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Brenna Ritzert ’17, an English major with a sociology minor from Chicora, Pennsylvania, has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) position in Slovakia. After graduation, she’ll spend a year in the town of Trebišov teaching English to students at a local high school and representing the United States as a cultural ambassador.