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The Last Commencement!

May 23, 2012

The Honorable Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of Connecticut, delivers the Commencement address at the May 13 ceremony.

Honorary degree recipient Mary Ellen Murphy, RSM, ’50, Ph.D. is congratulated after the ceremony by Board Chair Jeanne Merola.

Almost 4,000 people gathered under and around the festive white tent on the front lawn of our campus to witness the final Commencement ceremony of Saint Joseph College. Included among the 662 graduates were 125 members of the first cohort of teachers who had earned master’s degrees at our off-campus locations across Connecticut. More than one-third of those graduating were first in their family to receive a college degree or a graduate degree; several undergraduate students had distinguished themselves in state-wide examinations and competitions.

The students listened attentively to Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s inspirational message as Commencement speaker, but their warmest applause was for Sister Mary Ellen Murphy ’50, Ph.D., who received an honorary degree for her pioneering career in science.

At this, our final commencement before becoming University of Saint Joseph, trustees, faculty, and family members alike were filled with pride at the accomplishments of our graduates and our institution.

Students line up to receive their degrees at Saint Joseph College’s final commencement before becoming University of Saint Joseph.

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