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To 2020 Royals, With Love

The University of Scranton celebrated the Class of 2020 virtually May 29-31 in a series of events. We sent them off with warm wishes from faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends. 

Read messages from members of our University community to the Class of 2020, below.


Nancy and Steven Sauro

Parent
Congratulations to our daughter Danielle! We are so proud of your accomplishments, hard work and dedication. Always remember to trust in God's plan and He will guide you where He wants you. You are a beautiful blessing and we know you will touch many lives as their teacher. May God bless you and The University of Scranton Class of 2020. Love you, Mom & Dad 💜

Paula and Scott Nugent

Parent
Beyond proud of Charlie Nugent & his many successes at Scranton and the impressive man he has become...so happy Kat Fletcher is part of that experience & we are amazed at the grace you and the Class of 2020 have shown in the face of such tremendous difficulty...it proves you will all be successful in every endeavor! Congratulations to all!

Kevin Gibbons

Parent
Congratulations to our Son Kevin we are so Proud of you wishing you the best of Luck and Happiness in the Future Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Go Royals 💜

John and Leigh Anne D’Alessandro

Parent
Congratulations to the Class of 2020, especially our daughter Michelle D’Alessandro. We are so proud of your accomplishments. You are currently following your dream of becoming a veterinarian at The Ohio State University. Dreams do come true with hard work and determination💜💜💜

Robin and Roy Domenico

Parent | Faculty
Best wishes and congrats to all graduates and a special salute to our lovely daughter, Clare - class of '20!

Parents of Emma Shackleford

Parent
Congratulations to our Royal RN! We are so proud of you! You have begun your nursing career and will touch many lives with your compassion. We love you! Mom, Dad and Micaela

Roxanne and Carlos Castellanos

Parent
Congratulations to our son, Nicholas! We are so proud of you and all your accomplishments. Congratulations to the Class of 2020! God Bless the Class of 2020 and The University of Scranton.

Sean and Tara Memmen

Parent
Congratulations to our daughter, Kaitlin, and to the Class of 2020. We know you will “go forth and set the world on fire.” So very proud of you!

Christine and Gregory Burke

Parent
To our son, Charlie Burke, his friends from 448 Monroe, and his wrestling team: Congratulations on your graduation from The University of Scranton. Despite missing an actual graduation ceremony, we are proud of you all and look forward to all your future successes and accomplishments.

Mary Ellen and Leonard Rizzotti

Parent
Congratulations to our daughter Jamie Lynn and to the University of Scranton's Class of 2020! Wishing you all much happiness and success in your future endeavors!

Virginia and Paul Moritzen

Parent
We are so happy and proud of you, Briana! Your achievements are many. You accomplished so much. You were inspired to inspire others. Congratulations, Briana and the Royals Class of 2020!!!

Susan and Patrick Burns

Parent
Congratulations to Emily and all of the 2020 Graduates. We are so very proud of all of you. Continue to amaze and inspire!

Dave and Emily Guelph

Parent
Congratulations David Guelph! We are very proud of you. We wish you happiness and success always in whatever paths life takes you. Follow your dreams as there are infinite possibilities in your future. Go Royals!

Erika and Pascal

Parent
Congratulations to our son Thomas!! 💜🎓💜🐦We pray that success finds you at every step in your life. All the best to the Class of 2020 - the future holds nothing but great things for you !💜🎓#theroyalway #USGRAD20

Ronda Ralph

Parent
Congrats to my amazing son, Calvin. I’m infinitely proud of you. Trust Your Journey...it’s only just begun Love, Mom ❤️

Luann Parker

Parent
Congratulations to the remarkable class of 2020! Your path may seem different than expected right now but your journey remains the same..follow your steps, they’re headed exactly where you are meant to go. God is with you every step of the way!! He’s guided you through the long hard nights and he’s carrying you through this time of uncertainty. He’s carved your path to make you stronger than all the rest. ...You are Scranton Strong! All the blessings in the world to each of you!

Filomena Basile-Ramunni

Parent
Congratulations Gabriella Rose !!!!! I'm so proud of you and all of your accomplishments, hard work, dedication and perseverance. So proud and blessed to be your Mom. God Bless The University of Scranton Class of 2020!!!!!

Tony and Janice Biancardi

Parent
Congratulations to our daughter Natalie, and to the Class of 2020. Although things were different than you planned, you will always be remembered as the class that stood tough. God Bless you all.

Alyse Hudock

Parent
Congratulations Grace! Welcome to the #JesuitEducated family!! So proud of you!!

Maryann Veno

Parent
Congrats and best wishes to Nikalina Veno!!! I am so super proud of you! Continue to follow your dreams and reach for the stars.

Judy Tirado

Parent
Congratulations Abigail and Amanda!!!!! We love you both and are so proud....Mom and Austin

Katherine Garcia '17

Alumnus
Congratulations! This next chapter will be amazing. Stay connected to your Scranton family as you move forward in life. Wishing you all nothing but the best. You did it!!

Jennifer DeNapoli '94

Alumnus
Congratulations UofS 2020 Graduates! You put in the hard work & powered through one of the most unusual times in our history. Your ability to adjust, overcome & succeed in these unmatched circumstances will serve you well in life. Continue to learn, strive for excellence, be gracious & help others every chance you get.

Mike, Gerri, Katie and Shannon Broderick

Parent
Sending lots of love and prayers to the University of Scranton Class of 2020. We can't wait to celebrate in person with you this October!

Steve Tatum '08

Alumnus
Congrats to everyone! I know this is not the optimal time and circumstance under which to graduate, but this is the perfect time to “Go forth and set the world on fire!” Send me a note on LinkedIn if I can help with career advice or in any other way.

Kevin Giblin '10

Alumnus
While this year has gone completely unexpectedly, I can assure you that your Scranton story doesn’t have to end here. From planned events to informal ones, you are always welcome back to campus. Ten years after I graduated I still see plenty of familiar faces. Go forth and set the world on fire, you may not understand what that means just yet but I guarantee you will figure out how to do so. Congratulations and God bless!

Anne Ferketic '19

Dear Class of 2020, congratulations! For me, graduating was bittersweet. I was excited for new adventures, but also knew I would miss my friends and our wonderful community (including you!). I am sure it was not easy to part ways way back in March. If you missed being at school, know it is because you loved it, and you can continue to love and be a part of The University of Scranton through alumni events and the love you bring to your future communities. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call each other. I have kept close to a handful of friends just through phone calls. Hope to see you at the next Shamrockin’ Eve and sign up for the Alumni Book Club!

Ann Mercanti Kopick '87, '94

Parent | Alumnus
Congratulations to Cara Kopicki and the class of 2020! As St. Ignatius said “Go forth and set the world on fire!” You have a great future ahead of you.

Heidi and John Calcagno

Parent
To Lisa Calcagno: Not being able to have a live graduation ceremony in no way minimizes the magnitude of your achievement! Congratulations on earning your degree! We are very proud of you. Xoxo Mom, Dad, Jason and Jenna

Alyssa Mancini '12

Alumnus
Congrats! You guys made it and although right now this seems quite bizarre and strange, this is good preparation for the next chapter of your lives. You've conquered the art of online learning, patience, finding creative ways to communicate and rolling through the sea of ambiguity that is life. This is just a small stepping stone to the endless possibilities that await. You've got this never forget to 'Go forth and set the world on fire' -St. Ignatius

Jim Malone '88

Alumnus
 Congratulations and best wishes for success. Your Scranton education will serve you well. God Bless!

Kay Platt

Parent
To my son Platt, when you chose Scranton we were so happy for you and excited that you would continue the Legacy. You have had an amazing experience, we know you will never forget. You have learned so much and have grown into an amazing individual. Your Scranton family is very near and dear to your heart. Hold on to all the wonderful memories you made along the way. Congratulations to you and the Class of 2020. We are so proud of all you have accomplished!

James Troutman '11

Alumnus
Congratulations on graduating! It is such a huge accomplishment! I know that there is a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, but what the world needs to recover are social justice warriors, women and men for and with others, and people who wear their hearts on their sleeves and do such great things for others. In other words, what the world needs now are ROYALS like yourselves to go forth and set the world on fire. #AlmaMaterOursAlways

John Donaghy '70

Alumnus
Keep up hope and be people for others in the Jesuit tradition. Prayers for many blessings.

Jessica Nemetz

Parent
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!! A year you will never forget!! Proud of my graduate 🎓

Katherine F '16

Alumnus
Congrats class of 2020!!! Anywhere you go, you’ll find a Royal. You’re never alone! Lean into this experience, and go change the world.

Maura Kilner

Parent
Congratulations! Enjoy and celebrate. Feel good and proud of all you have accomplished. The University of Scranton is a very special place that will always live in your hearts. #USGRAD20 #UniversityofScranton

Nicole Russo '19, G'20

Alumnus
Make a strong effort to keep in touch with friends from college!

Marjorie Toron '16

Alumnus
Always keep in touch with your Scranton family. 💜

Frank Argenti '18, G'19

Alumnus
Always know that the Scranton community will help you in any way they can.

Mary McKeon

Parent
Go forth and set the world on fire! Congratulations class of 2020! You rock! 🙌🎓💜

Bridget O'Connor '17

Alumnus
Keep in touch often with your Scranton friends, they're your new family. When you see someone in a Scranton shirt in public, ALWAYS make a big deal and say hi!

Bridget O'Connor '17

Congratulations to Sarah Jencarelli and to all the 2020 graduates!! #RoyalsForever!

Bridget O'Connor '17

Congratulations!! Please please make sure you find a special way to celebrate this amazing achievement in your life. During this time even if you are not religious you can see the kindness and love that humanity has to offer. ❤️ Go forward and be Royals. 💜

Jean Marie Breslin Kruger

Graduation is a milestone. It tells you how far you’ve come. Keep learning, keep trying, keep accomplishing, and keep venturing on through your journey. Congratulations Laura Schman. Watching you grow into a beautiful young woman and accomplish all that you have has been pure joy! Love you so much ❤️#USGRAD20 #universityofscranton

Luna Lucia

Congratulations Danny! ❤️

Beth Talty DiBenedetto

Parent
Congratulations Joseph DiBenedetto and the class of 2020🎉🎉🎉🎉

Lisa Alaimo Yuresko

Parent
Congratulations to Daniel Yuresko and the Class of 2020 💜💜.

Cyndi Blando-Mallon

🎉Congratulations Shawn Nicholas and the Class of 2020! 🎉👏🏻🎓🥳Wishing you many continued Blessings🙏 #USGRAD20 #universityofscranton

Colleen Tait Kirwan

Congratulations Kaila Tait-Bosques and Scranton Class of 2020. We are so proud of all your accomplishments. May your adventure begin on you making the world a better place. Wishing you happiness and success. You got this Boog! Scranton strong 💜 Stay Safe!
Best of luck to the Class of 2020. 🎓😷🎉 #USGRAD20 #universityofscranton

Terry Twibell

Parent
Congrats Paul Twibell and all Scranton grads!

Josie Crowley

Parent
Brian, we are so proud of your accomplishments,
Congratulations!🎓

Dawn Holt '92

You already have a leg up on your future, you are a U of Scranton grad! 

Kathy Kelly Mancuso

Friend
Congratulations to all the graduates of 2020, especially MATTHEW MANCUSO. The best is yet to come! 🎓🏀💜🎉🎉

Marianne Shields

much success, much happiness as you enter your next chapter!

Tracy Seyferth-Sullivan

Friend
Congratulations to my godson, Cameron Marker and the Class of 2020 !! 🧑🏻‍🎓👩🏻‍🎓🎉

Linda Carroll Hoadley

Congrats on your graduation! However you celebrate it is official......WELCOME TO THE NEXT STAGE OF YOUR LIFE!!!!❤️❤️

Adrianne Redzinak Koerner

Parent
Emily Koerner, congratulations on to bigger and better things in life and Scranton university helped to propel you. Shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you will land among the stars!!! Xoxo

Beth Salaki Griffin

Congratulations Brian!!

Patricia Gray McGrath

Congratulations! Best of luck in your future endeavors!

Beth Lawless Jacobson

Parent
Congratulations Kayla Jacobson and the entire class of 2020. I am incredibly proud of all that you have accomplished. May the memories, friendships, and sense of community that you’ve experienced at Scranton be forever in your heart. 💜 #USGRAD2020 #universityofscranton

Theresa Urso Regan

Congratulations Jeanmarie Villata!!! I am sooo proud of you!! You are an amazing person and I know you will be an awesome Doctor. I have watched you grow up into a very special loving, caring, compassionate and determined woman and I can’t wait to share the rest of your wonderful accomplishments in life... I will be there every step of the way!!!! Thank you for being you!!! Congratulations class of 2020!!!💜🎓💜#USGRAD20 #universityofscranton

Kathy Megliola '86

Alumnus
I pass along the words of advice that I received, on move-in day, from Fr Panuska, the then President "Do not live your life with parenthesis around it." Although you have had four wonderful years at The University, be assured that it will continue. Go forth and shine!! We need you. Congratulations!! #USGRAD20 

Kristine Williams

Parent
I am incredibly proud of the class of 2020. Just when senioritis could have crept in and caused a detour from your path to degree completion, you stuck with the program. You adapted. You persevered under adverse conditions. You forged on through to the other side of the journey that began in 2016. All of these are traits that will serve you well into the future. Carry on 
Rebecca Williams and the Class of 2020. I can’t wait to see what you all accomplish in the future. 💜💜💜💜

Lisa Wetmore Fitzgerald

Parent
Congratulations to Sean Fitzgerald and the class of 2020. You started preschool on 9/11/01 and will graduate college during a global pandemic. But what is important, defines, educates and guides you is what you learned and experienced between those events. You are smart, strong and resilient!

Maribel Cabrera

Congratulations to all of the graduates, especially Jennifer Quiceno. Thanks for all your effort. I love you💜🎓

Maribel Cabrera

Congratulations to all of you guys! Especially to my nephew Karllo Pozo you guys made it we are proud of you and i know you will be successful in anything you guys do! Keep your goals, keep moving don't let anyone or anything stop you! #USGRAD20 #universityofscranton

Patty Murphy Hildebrandt

Parent
Thank you to the University of Scranton for all that you are and all that you do. Best of luck Brian Hildebrandt and to the amazing class of 2020 #USGRAD20 #universityofscranton

Satyajit Ghosh

Faculty
Class of 2020, you have gone through a lot, more than any other class. Congratulations.

Tiffany Tempro - Latzanich

Congratulations class of 2020, you made it , especially during these most uncertain times. There is nothing you can not achieve!! Best wishes to you all!

Sonia Lugo

Parent
We are united at heart. We are so proud of all your accomplishments, Class of 2020!!! Wishing you success in your careers!! Special congratulations to my daughter Cristina Giannelli. We love you and are proud of you!!

Sonia Lugo

Parent
Congratulations to my Son Kevin Gibbons and the Class of 2020.

Mary Doyle Troy '95, G'00

Congratulations! You will be missed on campus, but I know you are off to do great things in this world! #AMDG

Donna Klymko Bilanych

Congratulations Tania Alexa and class of 2020. Stay patient and trust in your future. You’re all stronger then you think. God Bless you all.#USGRAD20 #universityofscranton 💜💜💜💜

Chris Banks '86, G'98

Alumnus
“May you grow in wisdom and grace”, J.A. Panuska, SJ Move In Day 1982 and every year thereafter while President.

Mary Haubenreisser

Congratulations class of 2020. May your futures hold wonderful things.

Cynthia Harvell Forlenza

Wishing you all the best of luck. If you can get through this you can get through anything life throws your way! 💜🖤🎉🍾👩🏻‍🎓👨🏻‍🎓🥂

Leanne Lefkowski Symuleski '98, G'99, DPT '09

Alumnus

The Class of 2020 is like NO other! So many people are supporting you. Stay strong, God Bless, and remember...once a Royal, always a Royal!!!! #USGRAD20 

#universityofscranton 💜💜💜

Debbie Ryan Carmino

Class of 2020 is the best! #USGRAD20 #universityofscranton ... so strong!

Elena Haubenreisser-Howlin

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you imagined! Congratulations Scranton University class of 2020 #USGRAD20

Ginny Grove

Faculty
So many of my wonderful students in this group...
Love you all! Congratulations, smart, kind, wonderful students ❤

Frank Lodato

Parent
Take pride in how far you have come & have faith in how far you can go! Congratulations to the Class of 2020. We are so proud of you, Megan Rose Lodato💜🖤🤍#USGRAD20 #universityofscranton

Janet Zoppi Cote

Scranton strong, you got this!!

Diane V. Ward

Congratulations to the class of 2020. You will never forget your graduation year!

Dee Overa Williams

Go forth and set the world on fire! Best of luck to the class of 2020.

Angela Rose Calvacca

Take the local, take the express, don’t get off until you reach success! 💜 Congratulations Grads! ✨

Susann Savelli Keska '87, G'88

Congratulations and welcome to being an alum of the U of S!! Royal Family Strong!💜

Bianka Butler

Congratulations. Royals for life.

Lisa Modesti

Congratulations on a job well done, and God’s blessings for even brighter days ahead!

Tom Fenton '74

Alumnus
Have as much fun when you get out as you had there. Keep in touch with your friends.

Rob McKeage '71, G'73

Alumnus
Congratulations to the class of 2020!!!!

Colleen Farren Reilly

Best is yet to come!

Steve Carmody '85

Alumnus
Your life began in the shadow of 9/11, you grew up during the Great Recession and now you're being tested by a pandemic. You are tested, tried and true. You will be the leaders this world will need for the century ahead. Congrats.

Colleen Murphy Mullen

Parent
Please pray and keep your faith and you will be amazing! This world needs you! Wishing you success and happiness, stay together and never forget your wonderful memories! #USGRAD20

Kathy Salzano

Congratulations to these up and coming leaders. And to the supporting parents and guardians. Follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid to ask questions along the way. Sign of strength, not weakness.
Find a good mentor!
God bless this Scranton class of 2020 !!!!

Pamela Elefonte

Parent
Message to Class of 2020: On this special day, I would like to congratulate you for a job well done. I want to take this chance to encourage you in whatever you choose to do in the future. On this graduation day, you must look ahead and dream of all the bright possibilities that your future holds for you. May all your dreams come true!