Amanda Lawn ’17 & Robert J. Lawn Jr. ’17

“Having my dad do his undergraduate work and graduate with me is one of the best things I could ask for. I cannot wait to share the day with him.” – Amanda Lawn ’17

“I feel great about graduating. I am truly blessed and proud to be graduating with Amanda.” – Robert J. Lawn Jr. ’17


On commencement day, Amanda Lawn ’17, an elementary education and special education double major, will graduate alongside her father, Robert “Bob” J. Lawn Jr. ’17, of Pipersville, Pennsylvania. A Plumstead Township police officer, Bob will receive a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.

“This experience is so unique and I am so grateful to be able to share my day with my dad,” Amanda says. “It’s an honor to spend commencement with the man who has encouraged me to be my absolute best.”

From a young age, Bob felt a calling to be a police officer. He began training for the police force at 21 and has been in the profession for 25 years. He attributes his positive attitude and mission to care for others as driving forces in working what he calls his dream job, as well as the Catholic faith he was raised with and continues to follow.

Amanda’s student experience also features a strong connection to the University. In addition to being a Kinney SCHOLAR and a leader of a Campus Ministry Koinonia student group and participating in service trips with APEX, and, this summer, Collegiate Challenge, she has learned through her Jesuit education how to join others, especially her dad, in serving others.

Following graduation, Amanda hopes to substitute teach in Bucks County before securing a position as a special education teacher for elementary school students.

Bob, a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society and Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, will continue working as a police officer and look for ways to keep learning.

Bob Jr. and Amanda are an SJU legacy family. Read more about their deeper connection to Saint Joseph’s on the SJU News website.

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