SCRANTON, PA (05/29/2013)(readMedia)-- The University of Scranton conferred 1,735 degrees – the largest number of degrees in its history – at two commencement ceremonies this weekend, including more than 900 bachelor's and associate degrees at its undergraduate commencement on May 26 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. Graduates included recipients of some of the nation's most prestigious scholarships, including the Truman Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship and five Fulbright scholarships.
Sandra Postel, a respected author, scholar, lecturer and consultant on global water protection, and director of the Global Water Policy Project, served as commencement speaker.
"I've devoted my life to the science and understanding of sustainability – the concept of inter-generational justice and stewardship that basically says we should aim to meet the needs of our present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," said Postel, who advised graduates to find their niche –the intersection of "what you love" and "what you're good at."
"Find your niche -- and don't be afraid to experiment and try new things until you do. It's been said that the two most important days of our lives are the day we were born and the day we understand why," said Postel. "And, never doubt that your story and your niche in this world matter."
Postel, who received an honorary degree from the University at the ceremony, also advised graduates to keep "the tradition of service with you, because nothing can bring you more happiness or fulfillment than serving a cause greater than yourself."
In addition to the remarks by Postel, University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., addressed the graduates and their guests.
Graduates represent 13 states, including Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. Majors with the most graduates in 2013 are biology, nursing, accounting, exercise science, communication, psychology and occupational therapy.
Local graduates earning undergraduate degrees include the following.
The University of Scranton is located in northeastern Pennsylvania.
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