Local Residents Graduate from The University of Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa.– The University of Scranton conferred more than 970 bachelor’s and associate’s degrees at its undergraduate commencement on Sunday, May 29, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre.

University of Scranton President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., served as principal speaker at the ceremony.


“My friends in the Class of 2011, your education here at Scranton introduced you to high ideals and aspirations,” said Father Pilarz in his remarks. “Yours is a formation that elicits great desires – desires that direct your days and works to the glory of God and the well-being of humankind.”

In his address, Father Pilarz told graduates the Jesuit education they received at Scranton was “so much more than the accumulation of information.”

“… (T)he word education, as we commonly use it, doesn’t really capture what happens on this sacred ground. Your time here has been formative, transformative. A word inscribed on the statue of St. Ignatius on campus expresses it best – metanoia – a time of turning. Turning toward new ideas, new methodologies, new paradigms, and, most importantly, new people,” said Father Pilarz. “Take time to count the ways in which you are different than you were four years ago. Take stock of the new you – the person who was been shaped in ways subtle and dramatic, the person who now welcomes what is to come.”

The following local residents earned degrees from Scranton.

  • Maria J. Borowski of Clark earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies.
  • Matthew J. O’Handley of Clark earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University’s Kania School of Management.
  • Lauren A. Bottitta of Rahway earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University’s Kania School of Management.

A complete list of graduates and program of speakers can be seen at www.scranton.edu.

The University of Scranton is located in northeast Pennsylvania.

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