READING, PA -- The Alvernia University Class of 2018 earned associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees on May 12.

  • Sara C. Hayes of Scotch Plains earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. She graduated magna cum laude.
  • Jessica Ann Howard of Scotch Plains earned a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and B.S. degree in Health Science with a minor in Psychology. She graduated magna cum laude.
  • Derek Jonathan Wood of Scotch Plains earned a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. 

Commencement speakers included President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D., and nursing graduate Cynthia L. Truscott. John Hope Bryant earned an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters before offering remarks and Bishop Alfred A. Schlert officiated Baccalaureate Mass before being named an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters recipient. Several members of the Class of 1968 were also recognized during their 50th anniversary.

Alvernia is a distinctive Franciscan university, grounded in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, that combines diverse academic opportunities with personal attention and an unmatched commitment to community service. Alvernia empowers students to become "ethical leaders with moral courage." Through real-world learning and the challenging guidance of faculty mentors, they discover their passion for life and turn what they love into lifetimes of career success and personal fulfillment. Alvernia students do well and do good.

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