Saint Joseph's Set to Celebrate Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremonies May 20

Saturday, May 13, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (May 13, 2017) — Saint Joseph's University will celebrate the Class of 2017 on Saturday, May 20 by conferring more than 2,200 degrees at its 2017 commencement ceremonies.

The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., and the graduate ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Both events will be held on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus. Additional seating will be available in the Cardinal John Foley Campus Center and in Merion Hall, where the ceremonies will be live streamed.

Madeline Bell, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will deliver the morning commencement address for SJU's undergraduate ceremony at 9 a.m. Bell will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, along with Cora Marie Billings, R.S.M., a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy for more than 60 years and a founder of the National Black Sisters’ Conference, and J. Eustace Wolfington ’56 (B.S.), a dedicated alumnus and longtime supporter of his alma mater known as an innovator in the retail automobile, car leasing and insurance industries.

At the afternoon doctoral and graduate ceremony, alumna Linda Cliatt-Wayman ’92 (M.S.), principal of Strawberry Mansion High School and noted education advocate, will serve as the speaker. Cliatt-Wayman will also receive Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees.

“Saint Joseph’s is especially proud to host this impressive group of honorary degree recipients who all model what we hope our graduates realize about their own aspirations: that success in their chosen fields should go beyond conventional achievements to culminate in an engaged citizenship that seeks to make a positive difference," says University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D.

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As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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