Commencement Stories

McNulty Scholars Program Graduates First Class

05/02/2013

In the fall of 2009, Kim Nguyen, Corinna Noel and Maura (Molly) Southwell began their undergraduate studies at Saint Joseph’s. While each chose majors in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, their individual passions and interests led them on diverging paths over the next four years. But the three young women had one constant in common: They all received scholarships from the John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Math.


An International Perspective for a Future Military Officer

05/01/2013

The months following graduation are shaping up to be pretty busy for Aaron Bateman ’13, a senior member of Air Force ROTC who is a political science major with a concentration in Russian area studies. His summer will include receiving his commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, attending intelligence officer training at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas, and then beginning his service as an active duty intelligence officer.


Elementary Education Grad Finds Comfort in Classrooms

05/01/2013

With her love for children, it came as no surprise that Kerryn Sklarow would enter Saint Joseph’s University as an elementary education and special education double major with an autism studies minor in the fall of 2009.  Sklarow always provided a helping hand when others needed assistance, but she found herself on the other side of the fence throughout her freshman year at Saint Joseph’s.


Among Life Changes, Student Finds Stability at College

04/30/2013

“I was quiet as a freshman. I felt out of place and I just figured because I didn’t blend in well, who would miss me if I left?” This was how Melanie Mitchell felt during her freshman year at SJU. 

Besides being part of a small minority group enrolled in the day school, Mitchell also faced hard times at home. Her parents’ divorce led to the foreclosure of their home, a $30k hold on her SJU student account, and an uncertain future for her and her three younger siblings.


For the Love of Food

05/01/2013

For graduate Mary Sisti, this simple Sunday tradition has had a profound influence on her academic major and chosen career path. The food marketing major has campaigned for healthier options in the cafeteria and sustainable practices on campus.


From Hawk Hill to the Ivy League, Chemical Biology Grad Heads to Yale

05/09/2012

<p>&ldquo;I read while I walk, I take pride in wearing a lab coat, and my glasses are held together by paperclips,&rdquo; says Stephen Capuzzi &rsquo;12 of Marple, Pa., a self-proclaimed &ldquo;nerd,&rdquo; whose thirst for knowledge and commitment to helping others have fueled his love of the sciences.</p>


Twin Sisters, Dual Passion: Where Family Business Meets Beach

05/09/2012

<p>To U.S. citizens, the idea of starting a family business, setting your own hours and working for yourself is a slice of the American dream. For twins Arrial and Gaelan Finnerty &rsquo;12, that dream is a reality. For many, being an entrepreneur is a full-time job. For others, being a full-time student is a full-time job.


A New Voice at the New School: Baritone Vocalist Aims for Opera Career

05/09/2012

<p>Asked to name his favorite opera, senior classics major Jonathan Mortensen &rsquo;12 at first shakes his head, daunted by the magnitude of the question. But then he settles.</p> <p>&ldquo;It has to be Otello,&rdquo; he says, referring to Giuseppe Verdi&rsquo;s four-act work based on Shakespeare&rsquo;s Othello. &ldquo;Specifically the character Iago. It&rsquo;s the best bass role.&rdquo;</p>


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