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Class of 2017 Celebrated at May 20 Commencement Ceremonies


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.

An SJU Legacy Continues: Father and Daughter Graduate Together


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.

McNulty Scholars Program Announces Class of 2017 Graduates


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.

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SJU Students Inducted into National Honors Societies


During the spring 2017 semester, 175 students at Saint Joseph’s were inducted into two of the nation’s most prestigious honors societies, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa

Graduate Student Takes His Mission to Help Youth to Africa Through the Peace Corps


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.

Sociology Students Raise $10,000 for James R. Ludlow Elementary School


Seventy students in the spring 2017 sections of the Social Problems course have raised $10,000 for the James R. Ludlow Elementary School in Philadelphia. The course, which analyzes contemporary issues such as homelessness, unemployment, poverty, policing, and incarceration, tasked students to organize campaigns to raise awareness and funds for the school.

Persevering Over Persecution


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.

Director of Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations to be Honored at Gratz College Commencement


Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Jewish-Catholic Relations and professor of theology and religious studies, will receive an honorary doctoral degree at the Gratz College commencement ceremony on May 21. According to the college, Cunningham is being honored as “a leader in the world of interfaith relations.”

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Glass Research Yields Clear Future for Graduate


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.

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


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.