SCRANTON, Pa. — Several local residents were among the record number of graduates awarded master’s and doctorate of physical therapy degrees by The University of Scranton at its post-baccalaureate commencement on May 26. The University of Scranton conferred 59 doctoral degrees in physical therapy and 762 master’s degrees, both of which are records for the University, at the commencement.
Graduates represented 41 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Programs with the most graduates at Scranton were educational administration, curriculum and instruction, MBA and occupational therapy.
Local residents earning graduate degrees at Scranton were:
- Christina M. DiNuzzo of Elizabeth received a master of science in educational administration from the Jesuit university’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education.
- Shannon L. Jordan of Clark received a master of science in educational administration from the Jesuit university’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education
- Andreia Santos of Clark received a master of science in educational administration from the Jesuit university’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education
At the ceremony, the University awarded Morey Myers, Esq., an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, recognizing his passionate dedication to the rule of law and to social justice, as well as his intellect, vision and leadership. One of Pennsylvania’s most respected attorneys, Myers is well-known in the region for his leadership, scholarship, philanthropy and civic engagement.
After receiving the honorary degree, Myers provided the principal address to the graduates.
In his address, Myers urged the University’s graduates to be more than respected professionals, but also active community leaders, ready to help the under-served of our nation.
“There is something to gain from higher education beyond just specialization and knowledge, and it doesn’t matter whether you are online students or traditional students.” Myers explained. “What is it that you are learning? Maybe you didn’t even realize it. You were learning to become a citizen. By that I mean a participatory citizen.”
Presiding over his first commencement at The University of Scranton, Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president, also addressed the graduates and their guests.
“You were challenged to make Ignatius’ charge, to love and serve in all things, your own,” Father Quinn explained. “This is the value-added of a Scranton graduate education, and for this we are justly proud. Today, as we have been told, the University is awarding the largest number of DPT degrees and master’s degrees in our history. Dear graduates, I trust you will conduct your professional and personal lives not only with confidence, but with compassion. Remember, you are sons and daughters of The University of Scranton forever.”
The University of Scranton is located in northeast Pennsylvania.
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