Clark Residents Earn Degrees

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SCRANTON, Pa. – Two Clark residents were among the 946 graduates of The University of Scranton. The Jesuit university conferred nearly 950 bachelor’s and associate’s degrees at its undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 30, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

  • Gary A. Cancro earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
  • Christopher Costa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

The principal was speaker Carolyn Forché, an award-winning poet, translator, essayist and human rights activist who coined the term “poetry of witness” to describe her politically engaged poetry.

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“(Carolyn Forché) proves that graduation is not only a time for pageantry. It is also a time for poetry. The witness of her words and example resonates with the University’s commitment to promote justice in the Jesuit tradition,” said Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of The University of Scranton, in his remarks at commencement. Forché’s address marked the culmination of Scranton’s year long remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador and their companions and the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Forché’s told the graduates that during the years she worked as a human rights activist in El Salvador, she “sought and received the guidance of Father Ignacio Ellacuria of the Society of Jesus, one of the six Jesuit Priests murdered along with their two co-workers by the Salvadoran army on November 16, 1989. His door was always open, as it was for all. This was his message: ‘The struggle against injustice and the pursuit of truth cannot be separated nor can one work for one independent of the other.'”

At the ceremony, Forché received an honorary degree from The University of Scranton, as did Rev. Charles L. Currie, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities; John D. Dionne, senior managing director and head of Private Equity Investor Relations and Business Development for The Blackstone Group; Mary Beth Farrell, former executive vice president of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company; and Robert T. Healey, founder and trustee of the Viking Yacht Company.

The University of Scranton’s undergraduate class of 2010 included four recipients of Fulbright fellowships and a recipient of the National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship. Graduates represented 14 states including Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia. Majors with the most graduates were biology, nursing, communication, marketing and accounting.

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


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