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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.