To 2020 Royals, With Love

This year's spring Commencement events look much different than usual. As our seniors ready for their virtual graduation and wait for their in-person ceremony that's set for October, we thought we'd send 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.

Kevin Giblin '10

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

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

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

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

Kay Platt

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

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

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

Jessica Nemetz

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

Katherine F '16

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

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

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

Marjorie Toron '16

Always keep in touch with your Scranton family. 💜

Frank Argenti '18, G'19

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

Mary McKeon

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

Bridget O'Connor '17

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

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

Lisa Alaimo Yuresko

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

Congrats Paul Twibell and all Scranton grads!

Josie Crowley

Brian, we are so proud of your accomplishments,

Dawn Holt '92

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

Kathy Kelly Mancuso

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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


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

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

Frank Lodato

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

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

Rob McKeage '71, G'73

Congratulations to the class of 2020!!!!

Colleen Farren Reilly

Best is yet to come!

Steve Carmody '85

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

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

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!