Typically, the McNulty Program’s graduation celebration involves a few things:
- A photo shoot of our graduating seniors in their gowns
- An end-of-the-year burrito buffet for all current McNulty students
- A McNulty Program reception for graduates and their families
- A series of profiles on this web page, featuring each graduate, her accomplishments and her plans for the future.
This year, obviously things are a little different. Our graduating seniors have had to adjust their expectations for their final semester on Hawk Hill. They have had to reset their assumptions about what this week would look like. And we, as a program, have had to postpone our celebration of their accomplishments.
But for this moment, as Isabella Succi, Annamarie Glaser, Lindsay Miller, Amelia Bielefeld and Corinne Merlino walk across the virtual stage today to receive their diplomas, let us commemorate the impact they have all had on the McNulty Program community here at SJU. These young women have excelled in the classroom and served as role models in the lab. They have conducted meaningful research with faculty mentors. They have helped us run science education outreach activities for a variety of community partners. They have supported each other and new students who enter our program.
While some of their immediate post-graduation plans are on hold, due to the coronavirus, we know that when things get back to some semblance of normal, they will continue to excel. And we look forward to sharing updates on where they land later this fall, when the University hopes to convene an in-person graduation celebration on campus.
Thank you all for being part of the McNulty Scholars community here at Saint Joseph’s University.