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Graduation: A Moment Worth Capturing

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.


Inside Graduation

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

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