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Local Residents Among University of Scranton Undergraduate Class of 2021

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SCRANTON, PA (05/24/2021)-- Local residents were among more than 800 bachelor's degrees at its in-person undergraduate celebration ceremonies on May 23. Degrees were conferred to graduates who had completed their academic degree requirements in August and December of 2020, as well as January and May of 2021. Due to capacity restrictions in place because of the pandemic, separate ceremonies were held for the University's Panuska College of Professional Studies, the Kania School of Management and the College of Arts and Sciences at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre.

Members of the University's undergraduate class of 2021 represent 12 states including Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Undergraduate majors with the most graduates are accounting, nursing, biology, occupational therapy, exercise science, finance and marketing.

Each of the undergraduate ceremonies included a tribute to the late Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., who served as the University's 24th and 27th President, and a recorded principal address by University of Scranton alumna Susan M. St. Ledger '86, president of worldwide field operations for Okta, Inc. St. Ledger received an honorary degree from the University along with Rev. Otto Hentz, S.J., associate professor of theology, Georgetown University; Rev. Columba A. Stewart, O.S.B., executive director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at St. John's University; and Scranton alumna Nicole Young '00, Emmy Award-winning producer for 60 Minutes.

St. Ledger told the members of the class of 2021 in a recorded address, which was played at each undergraduate ceremony, their "life as a student never ends." Reflecting on lessons taught to her by her parents, Mary and Dave, who is also a University of Scranton alumnus, she told the graduates "my father taught me that the purpose of education, whether its grade school or college, is to learn how to learn, so you understand how to learn for the rest of your life. My mother often reminded me that there are many life experiences outside the classroom with tremendous educational value. Years later, it became clear to me my father taught me to be a student for life, and my mother taught me to be a student of life. Because you are beneficiaries of a Jesuit education, the seeds that will enable you make a difference have already taken root. You are well prepared to respond to a call to human excellence, the continued development of the whole person and lifelong learning."

Jeffrey P. Gingerich, Ph.D., acting president, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, addressed the graduates and conferred degrees upon candidates presented by Michelle Maldonado, 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 2021 who spoke at their respective commencement ceremonies were: Taylor Rose Schwartz '21, Broomall, an occupational therapy major representing the Panuska College of Professional Studies; Taylor Kennedy Roman '21, Poughkeepsie, an international business major representing the Kania School of Management; and Casey E. Welby '21, Scranton, a classical language Latin and history double major and member of the University's undergraduate Honors Program, representing the College of Arts and Sciences. Also speaking at the ceremony was Joseph L. Sorbera, III '08, president of the University's Alumni Society. David E. Marx, Ph.D., interim associate provost for academic affairs, provided the Benediction and Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, provided the Invocation.

An archived recording of the ceremony can be seen here.

Students earning undergraduate degrees include the following:

Mary R. Purcell of Ocean City (08226) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and philosophy

Thomas J. Scirrotto of Clementon (08021) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism - electronic media

Kyra A. Bevenour of Sicklerville (08081) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology

Jessica M. Goralski of Moorestown (08057) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice

Matthew S. Mills of Sewell (08080) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology

Lindsay V. Abbott of Port Norris (08349) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy

Emily C. Campo of Haddonfield (08033) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy

Lauren M. Friedrich of Cinnaminson (08077) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science

Shannon M. Gill of Cape May Court House (08210) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science

Madison V. Heaton of Medford Lakes (08055) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy

Lauren G. O'Callaghan of Cherry Hill (08034) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science

Baylee H. Turetzky of Marlton (08053) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science

Cali L. Wingate of Swedesboro (08085) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy

Rebecca M. Berg of Cherry Hill (08003) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing

Maire K. Garvey of Marlton (08053) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing

David V. Gerace of Pitman (08071) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing

Jarred P. Corbett of Wenonah (08090) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance

Shayne Fallon of West Deptford (08086) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting

Bryan H. Meeks of Mount Laurel (08054) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance

Matthew D. Yard of Wall Township (07719) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance

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

Local Residents Earn Graduate Degree from The University of Scranton

SCRANTON, PA (05/24/2021)-- Local residents were among more than 500 master's and doctoral degrees at an in-person commencement ceremony on May 22 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre. Degrees were conferred to graduates who had completed their academic degree requirements in August and December of 2020, as well as January and May of 2021.

At the ceremony, the University conferred its first doctor of business administration degrees in addition to doctor of nursing practice degrees, doctor of physical therapy degrees and master's degrees in various disciplines. Graduates represented several foreign countries and 29 states, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia among others. The programs with the most graduates were the master of business administration, master of accountancy, master of health administration, master of occupational therapy and doctor of physical therapy.

The ceremony included a tribute to the late Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., who served as the University's 24th and 27th president.

Degrees were conferred by Jeffrey P. Gingerich, Ph.D., acting president, provost and senior vice president for academic affair, upon candidates presented by Debra A. Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies; Sam Beldona, Ph.D., dean of the Kania School of Management; and Michelle Maldonado, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Also speaking at the ceremony was Joseph L. Sorbera, III '08, president of the University's Alumni Society. David E. Marx, Ph.D., interim associate provost for academic affairs, provided the Benediction and Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, provided the Invocation.

An archived recording of the ceremony can be seen here.

Students earning master's and doctoral degrees include the following:

Jeff M. Sabatini of Haddonfield (08033) earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy in physical therapy.

Nicole M. Sanchirico of Marlton (08053) earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy in physical therapy.

Krupali Bhagat of Cherry Hill (08034) earned a Master of Health Administration in health administration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Janessa N. Perone of Atco (08004) earned a Master of Accountancy in accountancy.

Matthew J. Cederdahl of Wall Township (07719) earned a Master of Business Administration in finance.

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

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