October 2020 Commencement
We are postponing Commencement until the weekend of October 24-25. As always, the safety of all involved, especially you and your families, must be foremost in our minds. The need to maintain social distancing and the risk of gathering so many people in one location outweigh even our most fervent wishes to honor you all in person this May.
Our preliminary plans include hosting Baccalaureate Mass and a Commencement Party on campus on Saturday, October 24, and conducting a combined Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremony at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, October 25.
Susan M. St. Ledger ’86, president of worldwide field operations for Splunk, will be the principal speaker at its 2020 commencement on Sunday, Oct. 25.
At Splunk, St. Ledger oversees global sales, customer success and marketing. She has more than25 years of senior leadership in high-growth technology companies, including more than 11 years at Salesforce and more than 12 years at Sun Microsystems. She is a passionate learner and anchors her leadership principles in what she calls a high-growth mindset, which is required to transform and accelerate business. She has demonstrated expertise in identifying market opportunity and business transformation needs for SaaS environments.
“Susan St. Ledger will bring to our graduates a dynamic perspective from an uncommon career path that has led her to achieve incredible success in the high-growth technology field, while remaining firmly grounded in gratitude for the education, opportunity and guidance she received throughout her career. She is an advocate for the need for diversity and inclusion in the workforce and especially for the need to provide mentors to women in technology fields,” said Rev. Scott. R. Pilarz, S.J., president.
Four to Receive Honorary Degrees
Rev. Otto Hentz, S.J.; Lawrence R. Lynch '81; Susan M. St. Ledger ’86; and Nicole Young ’00.
The University of Scranton will bestow honorary degrees upon: Rev. Otto Hentz, S.J., associate professor of theology, Georgetown University; Lawrence R. Lynch '81, assurance partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; Susan M. St. Ledger ’86, president of worldwide field operations for Splunk; and Nicole Young ’00, Emmy Award-winning producer for 60 Minutes. The University will confer the honorary degrees at a virtual ceremony on May 31 with other members of the class of 2020. The formal presentation of the honorary degree citations will occur at the October ceremony. St. Ledger will also serve as the principal speaker at the 2020 commencement on Sunday, Oct. 25.