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Mount St. Mary’s University Commencement - Facts, Figures and People to Know

Communications Staff

Mount St. Mary’s University will host its 209th Commencement exercises at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 14 in Knott Arena at the main campus in Emmitsburg. The Mount’s Class of 2017 features 522 total graduates, with 426 of those taking part in the ceremony.

student-at-commencement-2016.jpgMore than half (53 percent) of the graduating class hails from Maryland, with Pennsylvania (17 percent) and New Jersey (10 percent) as the next most represented states. Graduates also represent the following countries: Burundi, Canada, Ghana, Gambia, Sri Lanka and Peru.

Overview of graduating class

Bachelor’s graduates participating in the ceremony, by school:

  • The College of Liberal Arts - 88
  • The Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business - 126
  • The School of Education and Human Services - 65
  • The School of Natural Science and Mathematics - 89

Master’s graduates participating in the ceremony, by degree:

  • Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies - 1
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - 5
  • Master of Business Administration - 39
  • Master of Education - 1
  • Master of Health Administration - 6
  • Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management - 1

Five graduates earned a Master of Science in Sport Management degree, becoming the program’s inaugural graduating class. In addition, 11 graduates from the Richard J. Bolte Sr. School of Business began their Mount connection as members of the Warriors to Workforce program, a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Mount St. Mary’s University.

People to Know

richard-p.-miller-125.jpgCommencement speaker - Richard P. Miller
Virtua President and CEO Richard P. Miller, C’74, will deliver this year’s commencement address. Miller is a member of the Mount St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees, as well as a Mount alumnus. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University. Virtua, southern New Jersey’s largest health care provider, offers a full continuum of primary, preventative, wellness, acute and long-term care. Miller, Virtua’s CEO since 1998, has led the company in innovative directions by creating a values-based culture defined by the “Star Initiative,” adopting Six Sigma, a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for improving patient outcomes. Under his leadership the health care system has been transformed from a group of community-based hospitals into a technologically advanced set of regional medical centers.

Notable graduates, listed in alphabetical order:

sarah-bonson.jpgSarah Bonson
Bonson won the Bishop Allen Memorial Prize, which is awarded to the highest scholastic average throughout the four years at the university, as well as the Reverend Philip A. Barrett Memorial Prize, which is awarded to a senior student who has demonstrated achievement by way of an extensive, outstanding research project. Additionally, she was a recipient of a Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship, which is awarded to women enrolled in science, engineering and math who have demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership potential and a commitment to their field.

After graduation - Doctoral program in chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

louis-tonon.jpgLouis Tonon
Tonon is the creator and co-founder of Campus Drive - A student-run ride-hailing service for Mount students. Additionally, he is the Student Government Association class president and a member of the Mount men’s tennis team.

After graduation - Campus Drive.

julian-woods.jpgJulian Woods
As a member of the Mount's track and field team, Woods was a multiple Northeast Conference weekly award winner. In addition, he was a member of the Northeast Conference academic honor roll during all four years.

After graduation - University of Maryland Dental School.

katherine-wu.jpgKatherine Wu
As a freshman, Wu was a recipient of a Founder’s Scholarship, which is awarded to two incoming freshmen who have performed superbly during an on-campus written exam and a personal interview for finalists. She also won the Edward J. Flanagan Memorial Prize, awarded to the member of the senior class who best represents the tradition of Mount St. Mary’s University in scholarship, conduct, and leadership, as well as the Bishop Allen Memorial Prize, which is awarded to the highest scholastic average throughout the four years at the university. Lastly, Wu studied at the University of Cambridge, enrolled in the Pembroke-King’s Programme.

After graduation - Graduate program in theology at the University of Notre Dame.

ROTC Commissioning

The Green Terror Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program will hold its commissioning ceremony for cadets of Mount St. Mary’s University on Friday, May 12 at the university’s Emmitsburg campus. Lt. Gen. Christopher F. Burne, judge advocate general of the U.S. Air Force is the event’s guest speaker. In his role, Burne is legal adviser to the secretary of the Air Force, as well as all officers and agencies of the Department of the Air Force. Mount St. Mary’s University Interim President, Timothy Trainor, Ph.D. Trainor will offer remarks as well. Trainor is a retired U.S. Army brigadier general and most recently served as dean and chief academic officer at the U.S. Military Academy before retiring after a 33-year military career.

A total of seven cadets from the Mount’s Class of 2017 will be commissioned. They include Divine Agbenyo, Justin Alfon, Matthew Arthur, Connor Burne, Charles Jenkins Jr., Leeanne Leary, and Israel Solis, MBA’17. The cadets will commission as second lieutenant officers and serve on active duty, in the Army Reserve or with the National Guard.

Communications Staff