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May 15, 2012

Commencement ’12 Facts and Figures


A total of 1,765 La Salle students from 29 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 28 countries, will become La Salle graduates, with several thousand of their families and friends looking on.

There are 33 doctorates being awarded, along with 723 master’s degrees, 975 bachelor’s degrees, and 34 associate’s degrees.

When and Where:

For the first time in more than 30 years, La Salle will hold a graduate Commencement Ceremony. Doctoral and master’s degrees will be conferred on Friday, May 18, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Hayman Center.

The undergraduate ceremony will be held Sunday, May 20, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in McCarthy Stadium.

If a rain plan is announced for the undergraduate ceremony, there will be two ceremonies. At 10:30 a.m., the School of Business and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences ceremony will take place. The School of Arts and Sciences will have its Commencement at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in the Hayman Center.

Commencement Speakers:

La Salle’s tradition is to have a graduating student deliver the address. This year’s graduate student speaker is James Grogan Sr., from Mount Laurel, N.J., who is receiving his master’s degree in theology and ministry. The undergraduate student speaker is Jake Dylik, a communication major from Hamburg, N.Y.

Honorary Degree:

An honorary degree will be presented during the undergraduate ceremony to John W. O’Malley, S.J., a renowned theological scholar at Georgetown University.

Graduate Ceremony Address:

Judy Reyers Spires,’75, MBA ’09, will deliver a Commencement address at the graduate ceremony. Spires is President and CEO of AG Supermarket Holdings.

Among the graduates are:

Claire Fisher, who has received a Fulbright Grant, will teach English in Azerbaijan for one year. A double major in political science and economics, she was cited as the top Economics Department graduate.

Eugene Morris began his studies at La Salle in the 1970s but left when he acquired a job in the media. A few years ago he came back to finish his coursework and will receive a bachelor’s in communication.

At age three, Matt Kavanagh was hit by a car, resulting in serious brain trauma, and he was not expected to live. However, after three weeks, Matt came out of his coma and immediately started various forms of rehabilitation, which he continued for years. In fact, he started running as part of his therapy and became a walk-on member of La Salle’s track and field team. The fact that Matt is here today and graduating from college, earning a degree in nutrition is nothing short of a miracle to his family, which includes five older siblings.

Matthew Holden is the third generation of his family to be taught by the same La Salle finance professor, Josh Buch, Ph.D. Over his 40 years at La Salle, Buch has taught Matt, his mother Laura, ’81, his uncle Martin Bradley, ’84, and his grandfather, Martin Bradley, ’74, who attended La Salle as an adult student after serving in Vietnam. Matt will be graduating with his bachelor’s degree in accounting and his MBA.

Michael Marsal, a Grand Am Continental and American Le Mans Series race car driver, is used to juggling a busy race schedule with his college classes. From Bedford, N.Y., Marsal completed his courses at La Salle and went on to finish fourth in the B+ Heroes 200 at New Jersey Motorsports Park on May 12.

A mother and daughter—Mary Werner and Kristen Bingham—used a family tragedy to spur them on to new careers, Mary with a master’s in education and Kristen, with a master’s in clinical counseling psychology. Both completed studies at La Salle’s Bucks County Center.