Class of 2017

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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Shannon Alexander ‘17 and Chris Alexander ’15 ’17 (MBA)

“I believe my SJU degree, coupled with my academic and professional experience, has prepared me to enter the job market and will propel me to success in any or all of my career pursuits.” This weekend, commencement will be a family affair for the Alexanders of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, as siblings Shannon, a pharmaceutical and healthcare…

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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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Luigi Nuñez ’17

“Saint Joseph’s has instilled in me a passion for pursuing social justice.” Luigi Nuñez ’17, a graduating senior from Camden, New Jersey, carrying a double major in computer science and mathematics, has been named a recipient of a fellowship from the Global Health Corps (GHC). As a fellow, Nuñez will travel to Kampala, Uganda, to…

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McNulty Scholars Program Announces Class of 2017 Graduates

The John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, which provides scholarships for young women who wish to become leaders in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions, announces its Class of 2017 scholars and fellows. McNulty Scholars and Associate Scholars, in addition to receiving scholarships, benefit from extensive research opportunities, and…

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Joseph Thomas ’17

At the intersection of the Arts and Sciences lies the academic career of Joseph Thomas ’17.  Prior to enrolling in Saint Joseph University’s Writing Studies program, Thomas studied biology at Arcadia University and has spent over nine years in the U.S Army as a medic. Despite his background and early career in the sciences, Thomas…

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Morgan Bui ’17

“My job offer was a culmination of the past four years at St. Joe’s where I’ve built so many relationships that have really fostered my growth as a student, as a friend, as an aspiring professional. I wouldn’t have received it without the support of the people around me.” London, New York, Bermuda. For SJU…

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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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Jackie Boran ’17

“I decided to pursue a career in dentistry because it combines my passion for science with my desire to serve others.” After being accepted into three dental schools, Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, native Jackie Boran ’17 will take the next step in her career path by heading to University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine this fall.…

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Sean Cincotta ’17

“Because of co-op, I had one full year of real work experience before graduation that really set me apart from the other candidates.” In the Fall of his senior year, Ambler, Pennsylvania native Sean Cincotta ’17 boarded a private plane headed to Little Rock, Arkansas, for a final interview at the headquarters of family-owned finance…

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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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Brenna Ritzert ’17

“It was really ‘St. Joe’s or bust’ for me. I didn’t want to go anywhere else, and now that I’ve met so many amazing faculty members and looked at how much I’ve grown as a writer and an individual, I know it was the choice for me.” Brenna Ritzert ’17, an English major with a…

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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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Matthew and Tyler Eads ’17

“After taking one class, we knew we wanted to switch into business intelligence and analytics” Matthew and Tyler Eads ’17, identical twins from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, will both graduate from SJU with degrees in business intelligence and analytics (BIA) this May. Over the past for years, the Eads have roomed together, taken classes together and even started their…

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Niknaz Riazati ‘17

“Keep a strong desire in your head. Make your wings strong for the day you get to fly.” Niknaz Riazati ‘17 recalls circling the outside of the library at the University of Tehran, looking for a door that didn’t have a security guard on duty, or a group of students she could follow in without…

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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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Katie Boutin ’17

“I feel like I’m leaving a community, not just a school. Whether or not you know every single person, you feel like you’re all part of the same thing.” This May, Katie Boutin ’17 will be leaving Hawk Hill and joining McKee Risk Management in King of Prussia, where she’ll work as an Underwriter Trainee.…

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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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Kyle Chalmers ’17

“With the academic and interpersonal skills I’ve developed here, I know I’m set up to make an impact in the present and in the future.” Tennis is what initially brought Tempe, Arizona native Kyle Chalmers ‘17 to the East Coast to attend Saint Joseph’s University, but once he settled into Hawk Hill, he dove into…

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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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Timmy Parks ’17

“One of my favorite SJU memories is winning the A10 Tournament. That day was just incredible.” Timmy Parks ’17 doesn’t play on the men’s basketball team, but he’s just as well known as most of the athletes — for the last two seasons, Parks has served as the Hawk mascot at games, events and campus…

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Zachery Brown ’17

“Whether I was conducting research, teaching, or simply studying for my classes, my time in the physics department here at SJU gave me the foundational knowledge I hope to carry with me for the rest of my career.” If you’ve ever seen an artist blowing glass, you likely marveled at the cooling process, as the…

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Bobby Lattanzi ’17

“I’m excited to apply the lessons I’ve learned over the past four years to my everyday life as a business owner.” As graduation approaches, Bobby Lattanzi ’17, a sports marketing major with a family business and entrepreneurship minor from Abington, Pennsylvania, is relying on the important lessons he’s learned at SJU to guide him in…

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Michael DiMuzio ’17

“The compassion that came from my doctors and nurses at CHOP, backed by their expertise in caretaking, inspired me to go into medicine as a way to give back and help those in need.” Senior biology major Michael DiMuzio has always had a passion for science. But the future medical student was propelled in the…

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Alexandra Homan ’17

“My LEO classes opened my eyes to all the ways companies can be mindful and sustainable” In 2013, Alexandra Homan made the decision to attend Saint Joseph’s University with the help of three people: her mother, her grandfather and His Holiness Pope Francis. The first time she set foot on Saint Joseph’s campus, the Cherry…

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Andrew Arner ’17

“I learned  leadership and teamwork skills, two things that will benefit me immensely in my professional life.” Andrew Arner ’17, an interdisciplinary health services major with minors in biology and interdisciplinary health care ethics from Bethlehem, Pa., has always known that he wanted to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and work in medicine. “Medicine changes…

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Amar Donthala ’17

“I think data is the future, and I hope I can make a name for myself in the industry.” Amarendranath (Amar) Reddy Donthala ’17 (M.S.) is a storyteller. “I enjoy the opportunity to express myself creatively,” he says. But instead of using words, this former computer programmer from Hyderabad, India, weaves his narratives with data.…

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Imani Briscoe ’17

“I realize and appreciate that SJU has given me a strong foundation, and my mission is to pay it forward.” Imani Briscoe is grateful for her time at SJU. She’s taken advantage of the many leadership opportunities found on campus as a resident assistant, Hawk Host, co-President of the Black Student Union, Orientation Leader and…

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Clare Kocman ’17

“Although I’m very sad to leave Hawk Hill, I’m ready. I’m thankful for the foundation SJU has provided me and am very excited to use these experiences after graduation.” Not only has Clare Kocman ’17 accepted a full time job after graduation, but she’ll also be moving to a brand new city in order to…

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Eric Adjei-Danquah ‘17

“I am extremely grateful for the world-class Catholic education I have received at SJU, and I want that gift to continue just as much as I want to practice medicine.” Eric Adjei-Danquah ’17 may be graduating, but he isn’t ready to stop learning, yet. A biology major with minors in health care ethics and behavioral…

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Sue Henry ’17

“Through the diversity of classes I’ve taken, I have gained a broader perspective on life. SJU has broadened my mind and opened my heart.” Sue Henry ’17 has always been an artist at heart. But the path to her passion hasn’t always been a straight line for the 60-year-old graduating senior. After graduating from Harcum…

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