Commencement Stories

Morgan Bui '17

Hawk Lands Selective Position at Global Insurance Company

04/24/2017

London, New York, Bermuda. For SJU graduating senior Morgan Bui, these locations aren’t just travel destinations, they are global markets that she will have the opportunity to work in through her new position at international insurance company Validus, beginning this summer. 


IDEPEL Graduate Explores Where Urban Education and Pink Sands Meet

04/21/2017

Before enrolling in SJU’s IDEPEL program, Nyshawana Francis-Thompson was a special education teacher and liaison for the School District of Philadelphia. While the rewards of teaching ignited her passion to make a bigger impact in the lives of others, she credits the program for giving her the confidence and skills to achieve this goal.


A photo of Matthew and Tyler Eads.

Graduating Twins Share a Major and a Business

04/17/2017

Matthew and Tyler Eads ’17, identical twins from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, have roomed together, taken classes together and even started their own business together during their four years at SJU. This May, they will both graduate with degrees in business intelligence and analytics — but then their paths will diverge as they begin equally impressive careers with separate employers.


Amar Donthala

International Graduate Finds His Voice and Career Path Through Data

04/11/2017

Amarendranath (Amar) Reddy Donthala ’17 (M.S.) is a storyteller. “I enjoy the opportunity to express myself creatively,” he says. But instead of using words, this former computer programmer from Hyderabad, India, weaves his narratives with data. While earning his Master’s of Science in business intelligence & analytics (MSBI) at Saint Joseph’s, Donthala became enamored with data visualization. After graduating this May, he will begin his career as a data visualization analyst.


Sue Henry

A Long Road to the Pottery Wheel

04/06/2017

Sue Henry has always been an artist at heart. But the path to her passion hasn’t always been a straight line for the 60-year-old graduating senior.


Graduating Senior Will Journey to Slovakia for Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

03/30/2017

Brenna Ritzert ’17, an English major with a sociology minor from Chicora, Pennsylvania, has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) position in Slovakia. After graduation, she’ll spend a year in the town of Trebišov teaching English to students at a local high school and representing the United States as a cultural ambassador.


SJU Announces Class of 2017 Commencement Speakers, Honorary Degree Recipients

03/30/2017

Madeline Bell, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will address the Class of 2017 at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sat., May 20 at 9 a.m. Alumna and education advocate Linda Cliatt-Wayman ’92 (M.S.) will deliver the address at the graduate and doctoral ceremony at 3 p.m.


SJU Gallery to Feature Work by Class of 2017 Art Majors

03/30/2017

Four graduating student artists will display their work in the tenth annual senior art thesis exhibition at Saint Joseph’s University Gallery, Friday, April 7, through Saturday, May 20. The exhibit will be shown on the second floor of Merion Hall on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus.


McNulty Scholars Program Class of 2016 Prepares for Grad School, Professional Research

05/13/2016

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 science and math professions, announces its Class of 2016 graduates.


Making the Most of Her Time

05/12/2016

Ethics are an important part of the curriculum at Saint Joseph's University. Classes across all disciplines are taught with Jesuit principles as a backbone. It should be no surprise, then, that Claudia Gallagher ’16 has made ethics an important part of her education and future.