Commencement Stories

Chris Nguyen '16

Embracing Western Culture: SJU Senior’s Self Discovery


At just 16 years old, Chris Nguyen ’16 left his home and family in Vietnam to pursue his college education in the United States. At Saint Joseph's University, he excelled in the classroom, connected with fellow classmates over music, and experienced tremendous growth.

Kristen Boyle

SJU Senior Soars Past Visual Challenges


Psychology major Kristen Boyle '16 may have been born with a rare genetic condition that renders her legally blind, but she didn't let it stop her from achieving a 3.9 GPA, winning equestrian competitions, or paragliding off the Swiss Alps.

SJU 2015 Commencement Recap


Saint Joseph’s University celebrated the Class of 2015 on Saturday, May 16, by conferring nearly 2,400 doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degrees at the University’s Commencement ceremonies. The video below recaps the undergraduate ceremony.

Lee M. “Monty” Duke II, M.D. ’15 (MBA)

Doctors, Admins Graduate from MBA Program as a Team


If you had asked Lee M. “Monty” Duke II, M.D. ’15 (MBA) about his future career plans when he was a young boy growing up in Vienna, Va., he would have told you he was going to be a professional baseball player. A lifelong lover of the sport, Duke played on the men’s baseball team at the University of Virginia, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology.

SJU to Graduate First Class of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


PHILADELPHIA (May 1, 2015) – Saint Joseph’s newly established, Pennsylvania Department of Education approved program for the preparation of teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing will graduate its first cohort of students in 2015: two this month, and another four by the end of the year. The M.S. program includes an online-only curriculum, which through the help of technology will prepare future teachers in educating individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Graduate Finds Success By Going Off Script


Caitlin Walley '15 has made the most of college by forging her own way: pursuing her love of theater and helping to start a new sorority, all while majoring in food marketing and learning everything she could from internships and other opportunities.

Mascot and More: No Time to Be Busy


Brian Lafferty is one of the most recognizable faces on campus, and not just because he's the Hawk mascot. He's also been active with many groups on campus and has maintained a strong academic record, earning induction into three honors societies.

Class of 2015 McNulty Scholars and Fellows Announce Post-Commencement Plans


The John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science in Math, which provides full- and partial-tuition scholarships for young women who wish to become leaders in the STEM professions, announces its Class of 2015 graduates.

Toros Asadourian ‘15

From High School Dropout to High Tech Entrepreneur


Growing up in Queens, N.Y., as the son of Armenian immigrants, Toros Asadourian ’15, never quite imagined his journey would lead him to Austin, Texas, by way of Philadelphia. After dropping out of high school at the age of 16, the now-co-owner and partner of c2h2 Network Solutions, an Austin-based IT support company, tried his hand at internships, jobs and community college, to little avail.

Saint Joseph’s University Hosts Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremonies


SJU will celebrate the Class of 2015 on Saturday, May 16, by conferring nearly 2,400 doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degrees at the University’s 164th Commencement ceremonies.