The Class of 2017 graduated from Seton Hill University on Saturday, May 13 in McKenna Center. Graduating students were awarded bachelor degrees in arts, fine arts, music, science and social work, along with certificates in genre writing, graphic design, music therapy and pastoral ministry.
In addition to the students, Sandra S. Mellon was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for her “accomplishments, innovative spirit” and “passion” she exhibits in her life’s work. Mellon has served in positions such as Vice Chairman of the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation and a board member of the Gettysburg Foundation.
Greensburg Bishop Edward C. Malesic attended the ceremony to give his invocation, and SHU Senior Class President Benjamin Mayro gave a “Farewell to Seton Hill University” speech after the degrees were awarded. Two of SHU’s recent graduates also sang at the ceremony, with Heather Wessling performing the National Anthem and Jaclyn O’Neill performing the Alma Mater.
125 students received their bachelor of arts degree, along with with 11 in fine arts, 10 in music, 160 in science and nine in social work. Two students received certificates in genre writing, along with one in graphic design, one in music therapy and nine in pastoral ministry. Not all students were present at the ceremony, and these numbers include students whose degrees were conferred in August and December of 2016 in addition to May of 2017.