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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.…

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David Pagliarulo ’17

“I interned in Paris the summer before my senior year at a fashion, music and art magazine. It really influenced me to want to work in a creative field on a global level.” Many new experiences are in store for David Pagliarulo ’17, a psychology major with minors in interdisciplinary health services and art. After…

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Thomas Lafferty ’17 (M.S.)

“Volunteering with the Peace Corps will allow me to do what I love most: work with children on a consistent basis and help them develop essential skills.” After earning his master’s degree in criminal justice this May, Thomas Lafferty ’17 (M.S.) will travel to the African nation of Swaziland to work as a youth development volunteer…

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Prince Yakubu ’17

“I was taught through a Jesuit lens for eight years and I’ve learned how important it is to give back.” When the law school acceptance notices started to accumulate in senior psychology major Prince Charles Yakubu’s inbox, and the formal letters arrived at his home in St. Louis, his mother was “really excited,” says Yakubu.…

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Brittany Stokes ’17

“I want to give back to other people. City Year is men and women working with and for others.” Brittany Stokes ’17, a criminal justice major from Philadelphia, will make the most of her gap year before law school with her placement with City Year.  She’ll spend the next year working with children in under-resourced…

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Katrina Nicolaides ’17 and Allison Samson ’17

“I feel that at this point in life I couldn’t  have more experience in the autism field than I do right now.” — Katrina Nicolaides ’17 “In my experience at the Kinney Center I have learned that no two children or adults with a disability are alike.” — Allison Samson ’17 Katrina Nicolaides ’17 of…

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Claribel Villa ’17

“Next week, I will be the first person from my immediate family to graduate from college. My graduation means making my parents proud and setting an example for my younger sisters.” Claribel Villa has big plans for the future: She hopes to become a social worker in the Latino community. The sociology and Spanish double…

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Nyshawana Francis-Thompson ’17 (Ed.D.)

“I evolved as a leader through each class. I knew I was ready to lead at the macro level just after I finished my course work.” Before enrolling in SJU’s Interdisciplinary Doctorate of Educational Leadership Program, Nyshawana Francis-Thompson was a special education teacher and liaison for the School District of Philadelphia. While the rewards of…

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Sarah Cooney ’17

“I want to take what I’ve learned about mathematics and computer science and use it help people and affect positive change in the world.” After commencement, Sarah Cooney ’17 will be traveling to the other side of the country to continue her education. An associate John P. McNulty Scholar,  Cooney is a mathematics and computer…

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Ashley Varghese ’17

“After hearing the stories of people on the ‘inside’ during the Inside-Out course, I decided that I wanted to be a defense attorney for juvenile offenders.” Ashley Varghese ’17 has a major goal for her future: to turn her passion into a career. Varghese, a criminal justice major from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, plans to attend…

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