Saint Joseph's University Magazine, Summer 2017

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Meet Our Graduates

When the 2,200 members of the Class of 2017 came together for commencement on May 20, they formed an impressive group, representing myriad accounts of tenacity, strength, commitment, hope and promise.

All of SJU’s new graduates — from undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs — have a story that now takes them to careers, post-graduate studies or service. Some will become doctors, lawyers, researchers, writers and CEOs. Others will rise to leadership in the fields of education, service, government and health care.

Nine of them are pictured here. Read more about them and Saint Joseph’s other outstanding new alumni at

— University Communications

1. Brenna Ritzert
Major: English
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Chicora, Pennsylvania
Notable: Sigma Tau Delta English honor society member, The Hawk student newspaper distribution manager, women’s rugby team player, SJU Writing Center tutor
Post-grad plans: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Trebišov, Slovakia

2. Timmy Parks
Major: Accounting
Minor: Business Intelligence
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
Notable: Hawk mascot, Sutula Accounting Scholar, Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity member
Post-grad plans: Core Assurance Group Associate, PwC, Philadelphia

3. Niknaz Riazati
Graduate program: M.S., Biology
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Notable: Educational freedom advocate, presenter at international conference at University of California-Los Angeles, faculty-mentored researcher
Post-grad plans: Ph.D. program, University of California Davis College of Biological Sciences

4. Sarah Cooney
Majors: Mathematics and Computer Science
Minor: English
Hometown: Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
Notable: McNulty Associate Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa and
Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society member, Pi Mu Epsilon math honor society president, Writing Center tutor, supplemental instruction peer leader
Post-grad plans: Ph.D. program in computer science, University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

5. Prince Charles Yakubu
Major: Psychology
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Notable: Seven law school acceptances, men’s track and field
team captain and triple jumper
Post-grad plans: Villanova University School of Law

6. Claribel Villa
Majors: Sociology and Spanish
Hometown: Camden, New Jersey
Notable: Ignatian College Connection Scholar,
Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honor society member,
Latino Student Association co-president,
Running Start program ambassador
Post-grad plans: MSW program, Boston College School of Social Work

7. Amarendranath (Amar) Reddy Donthala
Graduate program: M.S., Business Intelligence & Analytics
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Notable: Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Sigma Nu honor society member, Graduate Student Award winner
Post-grad plans: Data Visualization Analyst, Comcast

8. Morgan Bui

Majors: Finance and Risk Management & Insurance (RMI)
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
Notable: St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia Scholarship recipient, Dean’s Scholarship recipient, Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity member and Gamma Iota Sigma RMI fraternity executive vice president, Summer Scholar, Orientation team captain
Post-grad plans: Underwriter Trainee, Validus, New York City

9. Michael DiMuzio
Major: Biology
Hometown: Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
Notable: Cancer survivor, Institute of Catholic Bioethics Fellow, Summer Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor society member, SJU Adventure Club president
Post-grad plans: M.D. program, Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College