Mayor Kenney Honors SJU Director of Veterans Services Ralph Galati ’70 (USAF) at Wawa Welcome America Festival 2017

Galati to receive Magis Award from the City of Philadelphia on July 4

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (June 27, 2017) — On Tuesday, July 4, the Honorable James F. Kenney, mayor of the City of Philadelphia, will present the Magis Award to Ralph Galati ’70 (USAF), director of veteran services at Saint Joseph’s University, as part of the 2017 Wawa Welcome America Festival.

Magis, which roughly translated, means “the more,” is a Jesuit concept that embodies the spirit of doing more, being more and achieving more than originally thought possible. The award was created in 2016 by Kenney, who received a Jesuit education at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia.

The Magis award recognizes Galati’s service in the United States Air Force and his dedication to the veteran community. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Galati attended USAF Flight Training in 1970, and received his Wings in 1971.

A weapon systems officer in the F-4 Phantom aircraft, Galati was assigned to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand in the fall of 1971. On February 16, 1972, he and his pilot were shot down over North Vietnam and were immediately captured and taken to Hanoi. He spent the next 14 months as a prisoner of war. Ralph was repatriated on March 28, 1973.

Galati’s military awards include: a Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Valor with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster.  

Under Galati’s leadership, SJU’s Office of Veteran’s Services is committed to honoring those who have served our country by offering a comprehensive suite of programs and services for military veterans, service-members, dependents and survivors to pursue their academic goals and achieve their career development objectives.

Mayor Kenney will present Galati with the award during the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony at Independence Hall at 10 a.m. on July 4. The ceremony is part of the six-day Wawa Welcome America Festival. The festival celebrates American history, education and Philadelphia and encompasses free, patriotic events throughout the city from June 29 to July 4.

Watch NBC10 or visit thier website to view a promotional video previewing Ralph's award, or a clip from the ceremony.


Media Contact

Colleen Sabatino '11 (M.A.), associate director of University Communications, 610-660-3256,

Event Contact

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Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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