CHESTER, PA - Widener University conferred degrees to more than 400 graduate students in a ceremony Friday, May 19. Commencement was held on Memorial Field at the university.

The graduates included Patricia Morency of Union. Morency received a Master of Social Work and Master of Education from the School of Human Service Professions.

Dr. Kimberlyn Leary, associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and associate professor of health policy and management at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, was the commencement speaker. She is also senior advisor to the CEO at the National Math and Science Initiative. As a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellow, she formerly served as an advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls, and as an advisor to the White House Office of Management and Budget's Health Division in the Public Health and Medicare branches.

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The university presented her with a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree.

A one-minute video highlight of the event is available here.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university has campuses in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. Visit for more information.