Class of 2017

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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