St. Vincent graduates
Three hundred thirteen students were awarded bachelor’s or master’s degrees by President Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., in a traditional public ceremony which recognized the completion of their degree studies at the 168th annual commencement of Saint Vincent College on Saturday, May 10 in the Robert S. Carey Student Center.
Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher, a physicist and former U.S. Commerce official who will become the 18th chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh on Aug. 1, was the principal speaker and recipient of an honorary doctor of science degree. Also, Charles J. Queenan Jr., a corporate lawyer whose distinguished legal career spanned nearly six decades while he also served as a prominent business, civic and community leader, received an honorary doctor of laws degree.
Students from the South Pittsburgh area earning degrees included:
Samantha Joan Pashel, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Magna Cum Laude; Albert Joseph Gestiehr, B.A., History; Stacie Patrice Sikora, B.A., English, Magna Cum Laude; Kayla Christine Stadelman, B.S., Psychology; and, Jacob Benjamin Galasso, B.S., International Business.
Presiding over the academic exercises and invocation was the Right Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor of Saint Vincent College and Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey. The benediction was given by The Most Reverend Lawrence E. Brandt, J.CD., Ph.D., Bishop of Greensburg.