Graduation: A Moment Worth Capturing
We wonder if that photograph ever got printed? If not, we completely understand – our recent graduates have been busy. Commencement and the months that follow, much like your years at Scranton, are proof that time goes by too fast.
Graduation is just a fleeting interlude between four-plus years spent studying, learning and growing, and your arrival in the real world.
At this year’s commencement ceremonies, we conferred more than 1,700 degrees, distributed to Royals hailing from 15 different states – 41 if you count post-baccalaureate graduates. Each one of them heads off on their own journey, destined for their own triumphs and tribulations – though strengthened by the lessons learned on the Commons.
Presiding over his first commencement, President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., challenged the graduating class to “make Ignatius’ charge, ‘to love and serve in all things,’ your own. This is the value-added of a Scranton education, and for this we and the faculty are rightly proud. Remember, you are sons and daughters of The University of Scranton forever.
Total graduates: 1,709
Total doctoral degrees: 59 – Largest number
of DPT degrees in Scranton’s history
Total master’s degrees: 762 – Largest number
in Scranton’s history
Total bachelor’s degrees: 884
Total associate’s degrees: 4
Prestigious scholarships won by graduates: Truman Scholarship; Goldwater Scholarship; Three Fulbright Fellowships
Top undergraduate programs of study: Nursing, Communication, Biology, Accounting, Exercise Science, and Counseling & Human Services
Top graduate programs of study: Educational Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, MBA, and Occupational Therapy
Principal Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient – Undergraduate Commencement: Sister Patricia Eck, C.B.S., chairperson of Bon Secours, Inc./Bon Secours Ministries Board of Directors and congregation leader of the Sisters of Bon Secours
Principal Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient – Graduate Commencement: Morey Myers, Esq., a founding partner of the Scranton law firm of Myers, Brier & Kelly; one of Pennsylvania’s most respected attorneys and one of Scranton’s most revered community leaders