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Over 700 students graduate at spring ceremony

by Alvernia University

May 17, 2019

President Flynn delivers final commencement address

READING, Pa. – More than 700 students earned associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Alvernia in May.

For the first time, a cohort of young alumni were honored with the inaugural Four Under Forty Award for their notable career success, ongoing community service efforts and support of the advancement of Alvernia.

Revered Ronald Bowman, Alvernia’s chaplain, led Baccalaureate Mass at the Physical Education Center before the processional began at Santander Arena for the institutions 58th commencement ceremony.

Benjamin Koons ’19 offered student remarks and several members of the Class of 1969 were recognized for their 50th anniversary.

Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF, STD, an Alvernia trustee emerita and internationally recognized trailblazer in Franciscan scholarship and education, and George J. Vogel, Jr., longtime Alvernia professor and addiction studies pioneer became official members of the Class of 2019 as the two honorary degree recipients.

Alvernia’s longest-serving president Thomas F. Flynn delivered his final commencement address. Flynn offered moments of reflection and applause for Alvernia faculty members and the supporting family members and friends in attendance. He concluded by encouraging students, as he’s done on so many occasions, to “do well and do good.”

Photo courtesy of Susan Angstadt and Alvernia University

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