Your graduation fromSt.
John’sUniversitywill be a tremendous accomplishment. As Provost, I
will have the great honor of presenting you to our President, Rev.
Donald J. Harrington, C.M. so that your degree may be officially
conferred. You and your classmates have worked very hard to achieve
this goal. Your graduation ceremony will reflect the dignity and
significance of this milestone in your life.
As an institution we feel strongly
about the importance of calling the names of each of our graduates
and inviting each of the graduates to greet his or her Dean on
stage so that the Dean may offer congratulations on behalf of the
University. The names of our graduates will be read unless severe
weather necessitates that we amend the ceremony.
Great care has been taken to be sure
that the ceremony is completed as quickly and smoothly as possible.
We anticipate that the ceremony will run approximately 1½ hours.
Graduates are asked to show respect for their fellow classmates and
are expected to stay until the student recessional has been
On behalf of all those who played a
part in your education here at St. John’s, I look forward to
celebrating this moment with you.
Robert A. Mangione, Ed.D., R.Ph.