The University of Scranton conferred more than 1,400 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including a MS in curriculum and instruction to Maureen F. O’Bryan of Springfield. The university presented approximately 900 bachelor’s and associate’s degrees, 500 master’s degrees and 17 doctoral degrees, at its Memorial Day weekend commencement ceremonies. This was the largest post-baccalaureate class in the history of the Jesuit university.
The University of Scranton’s class of 2007 includes recipients of some of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships, including a Goldwater scholar, a Truman scholar, three Fulbright scholars, two NCAA post-graduate scholars and a Udall scholar.
Ashraf Ghani, Ph.D., one of the world’s foremost authorities on the political and global transitions of nations, was the principal speaker at the undergraduate ceremony. Sister Mary Frances Taymans, S.N.D., Ed.D., the executive director of the Secondary Schools Department of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), served as the principal speaker at the College of Graduate and Continuing Education’s commencement ceremony.
Dr. Ghani and Sister Mary Frances received an honorary degree from the Jesuit university as did Loretta Brennan Glucksman, chairman of the American Ireland Fund and Rev. Richard Frechette, C.P., D.O., a Passionist priest and osteopathic physician, Vladamir Kremery, M.D., D.Sc., rector of St. Elizabeth University and dean at the University of Trnava School of Public Health, Bratislava.