Saint Joseph’s University Magazine, Summer 2018

Celebrating the Class of 2018

Steven Mannion ’18 in cap and gown with confetti in the background.
Steven Mannion ’18 smiles proudly through a burst of confetti.

A relentless streak of rain forced the 2018 Commencement ceremonies inside the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena on Saturday, May 19, but spirits were high for the nearly 2,200 graduates.

Dominick J. DiJulia ’67, the longtime vice president and director of athletics at Saint Joseph’s, addressed the students at the undergraduate ceremony. He received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters along with Sister Helen Cole, SSJ, MSW, LCSW, director and founder of Guadalupe Family Services in Camden, New Jersey.

“You may not realize how much you inspired us to do more and be more for you,” DiJulia told the graduates. “You are the most important individuals on this campus. You are the purpose for our work.”

Judith A. Spires, C.E.O. and chair of the board for Kings Food Markets Inc., offered remarks at the graduate ceremony. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Spires began her career as a part-time cashier at Acme Markets, Inc., and encouraged the attendees to always chase their loftiest goals.

“When you are living your dream and using your special gift, nothing can stop you,” she said. “Nothing can stand in the way of your success.”


Click on any of the photos below to experience memories of the 2018 ceremonies.