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Students salute

SCRANTON, PA (06/01/2020)-- Local residents were among the more than 875 candidates whose bachelor's degrees were conferred at The University of Scranton's virtual undergraduate celebration ceremony on May 31. Degrees were conferred to graduates in a group who had completed their academic degree requirements in August and December of 2019, as well as January and May of 2020. A formal commencement ceremony, at which graduates will be individually recognized, will take place on Oct. 25 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre.

Members of the University's undergraduate class of 2020 represent 14 states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Undergraduate majors with the most graduates are nursing, exercise science, biology, accounting, occupational therapy and marketing.

Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of the University, addressed the graduates at the virtual ceremony, and conferred degrees on candidates presented by Brian P. Conniff, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Sam Beldona, Ph.D., dean of the Kania School of Management; and Debra A. Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies.

Members of the class of 2020 speaking at the ceremony were Colleen C. Rohr, Norristown, a marketing, operations management and philosophy triple major and member of the University's Business Leadership Honors Program and its Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program; Hailey Marie Kindt, Easton, a neuroscience and philosophy double major and member of the University's undergraduate Honors Program and its Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program; and Fahad Ashraf, Clarks Summit, a biology and philosophy double major and member of the University's Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program.

Also speaking at the ceremony were Lauren Rivera, J.D., assistant vice president for student life and dean of students; Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry; and Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Congratulatory remarks to the class of 2020 were also given by Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti; U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey; and former cast members of NBC's The Office Leslie David Baker (Stanley), Kate Flannery (Meredith) and Oscar Nunez (Oscar).

An archived recording of the ceremony can be seen here (www.scranton.edu/commencement)

Students earning undergraduate degrees include the following:

John C. Garvey of Marlton (08053) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history

Mary L. Sabia of Haddonfield (08033) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social media strategies

Shaye L. Santos of Wrightstown (08562) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy

Aba Amon-Kwafo of Burlington (08016) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience

Taylor M. Limone of Burlington (08016) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and philosophy

Eileen McNulty of Cape May Court House (08210) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering

John F. Radetich of Sewell (08080) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering

Heather A. Sanwald of Delran (08075) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic chemistry

Christina Vicente of Mount Laurel (08054) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics and computer science

Maryellen M. Crain of Deptford (08096) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science

Casey E. DeSarno of Wall Township (07719) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy

Caitlin V. Donlin of Mount Laurel (08054) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health administration

Grace E. Donnelly of Haddon Heights (08035) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy

Marcella R. Giovannitti of Gibbstown (08027) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy

Nicolette R. Keale of Wall Township (07719) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy

John J. McCaffrey of Haddon Heights (08035) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science

Mei Lin Q. McElhill of Moorestown (08057) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in counseling and human services

Gianna Pizzo of Mount Laurel (08054) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science

Lauren M. Rice of West Deptford (08086) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy

Brianna N. Strassle of Berlin (08009) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy

Megan A. Doyle of Belmar (07719) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing

Anna R. Price of Bordentown (08505) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing

William Benevento of Belmar (07719) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration

Matthew J. Cederdahl of Wall Township (07719) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting

Carly D. Kreitzer of Sewell (08080) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting

Ryan J. Morgan of Marlton (08053) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing

Cole D. Pollack of Haddonfield (08033) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing

The University of Scranton is a Jesuit university located in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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