SHU graduates Centennial Class of 2018

The graduates stand during the processional and await the awarding of their degrees. Photo by H.Carnahan/Setonian.

325 students graduated from Seton Hill University’s Centennial commencement ceremony on May 12. Graduates hailed from around the world and earned degrees in various fields of study, from the humanities to the sciences.

“Your Seton Hill education has prepared you to become the architects of your own futures, and to make a proud difference in the world,” said Ruth Grant, the chair of the board of trustees. “We know that you will have great success personally, and will make Seton Hill University proud.”

“Today we celebrate growth, perseverance and change,” said Anna Graziano, class president. “We worked hard, played harder and took pride in our successes.”

President Mary Finger adresses the graduating class, faculty and the graduates’ families during the ceremony. Photo courtesy of J.Antolik

The Sisters of Charity were also honored at commencement with the awarding of the Presidential Medal of Distinction, which was accepted by Sister Catherine Meinert, provincial superior and president of the U.S. Province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. They are the third recipients of the medal in SHU’s history.

“As it was in 1918, so to it is in the Centennial year,” said President Mary Finger, presenting the award. “The history of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill is forever linked with Seton Hill University. As alumni, faculty members and trustees, the Sisters of Charity have provided the backbone that permeates all we do.”

“You were meant to be Setonians,” Meinert said in her commencement speech. “You will always have the very special care and concern for these classmates that you spent the last four years together. You shared hard times and good times. However, from this day forward, you will always be Setonians. It’s your legacy.”

Published By: Stephen Dumnich

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