Commencement Information

Commencement Information


Friday, May 27, 2016
11 a.m., Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge


Graduate Commencement
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
7 p.m., SJC Long Island John A. Danzi Athletic Center

Keynote Speakers

Diane PfadenhauerDiane M. Pfadenhauer, M.S., J.D., SPHR
Assistant Professor, Business Administration and Marketing

A separate ceremony for SJC Long Island students who will be receiving master’s degrees will take place on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. in the John A. Danzi Athletic Center at SJC Long Island. Diane Pfadenhauer, M.S., J.D., SPHR will serve as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Diane Pfadenhauer is an attorney, human resources professional and is an assistant professor in the Graduate Management Studies program at St. Joseph’s College in New York.

Hakeem Jeffries

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
D-New York

The SJC Brooklyn commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. This year’s keynote address will be given by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York), representative for New York’s 8th Congressional District. Congressman Jeffries will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Posthumous Honoree

S. John Raymond

This year, the College will also be honoring S. John Raymond McGann, C.S.J., with a posthumous honorary Doctor of Letters in recognition of her extraordinary contributions during her longstanding career at SJC. This recognition will be commemorated at the ceremonies on May 21 and May 27.



SJC Brooklyn Student Speakers


Claudia FernandesClaudia Fernandes '16
Child Study

"The relationships you form here with students, faculty, and professors are invaluable and will make your time here even more worthwhile and memorable."

"My experience at St. Joseph's has been nothing but absolutely amazing. To say I'm sad to be graduating is an understatement. I've made amazing friends and memories, learned more about myself, and grown in the process as a student and future professional.

"I will be attending graduate school following graduation. Deciding on a graduate school was even easier than deciding which college I wanted to attend. With that being said, I will be continuing my education at St. Joseph's to pursue my master's degree (they just can't get rid of me). I also hope to be a full-time teacher this coming September. Nothing makes me happier than the opportunity to inspire a love for learning in children and learning from my students as well.

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Mike McGrannMike McGrann '16

"I have had several family members involved in SJC as students and faculty over the years. I decided to become a part of my family's tradition. I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences here. The two years went by so fast.

"I wanted a career that I could be proud of and to continue learning throughout my life. After graduation I intend to get acute care experience in a hospital setting and further develop my nursing skills and experience.

"I wanted a career that I could be proud of and to continue learning throughout my life."

"As a kid I wanted to be a scientist. When I got older, I wanted to be an artist. Being a nurse is kind of like a fusion of the two."

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SJC Long Island Student Speakers

Danielle WhiteDanielle White '16
Speech Pathology major with a minor in Psychology

"My parents have always told me to try my personal best and not to compare myself to other people. Once I heeded this advice, I began to focus on MY abilities and goals, which led to a drastic improvement in my happiness and success!

"I decided to attend SJC because I was attracted to the college's small class size and and friendly atmosphere. I also have a close relationship with my family, so it was great to be able to live at home during my undergraduate career!

"[After graduation] I will attend Brooklyn College and begin their master's program in Speech-Language Pathology in the fall.

"When I was a kid, I wanted to become a crossing guard! Though my dream job has evolved over time, I suppose my drive to help people, whether to help them communicate or walk safely across the street, has been constant!

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Karthik KamathKarthik Kamath ’16
Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Sociology

"My experience in the past four years has been wonderful. Some of the people I met on my first day of classes in 2012 are some of my best friends today. Us biology majors shared many classes together so we became a tightly knit group. The honors program trip to Ireland was a big highlight and one of the best experiences of my life. And many of the professors I had really pushed me to my full potential.

"I hoped to make new connections and bonds and better myself as a person. I believe I accomplished this in my time at SJC. I learned to not be afraid to set high goals and standards because I do have the drive and discipline to achieve them. I used to be a lot more quiet and shy. I feel I got to break out my shell at SJC and be more open and comfortable.  

"My plans after graduation are likely graduate school to a M.D. or Ph.D. program. I would like to attend medical school to become a physician, which was the original plan. However, through my biology/chemistry courses at St. Joseph's and my research experience doing thesis, going into medical research has also intrigued my interest."

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Caitlin MorrellCaitlin Morrell '12, M.A. '16
Adolescent Special Education With an Annotation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities

"I first decided to attend SJC for my undergraduate degree back in 2008. I've always known that I wanted a future career in teaching, and St. Joseph's College was the obvious choice.  The faculty has been open and inviting, the curriculum has been rigorous yet manageable, and I'm finding real-world application for everything I've done at school.  I couldn't have asked for more from my undergraduate and graduate experiences.  

"After graduation, I plan on continuing to teach high school students — I currently teach 9th and 10th grade English, but I hope to broaden my scope to include inclusion and self-contained special education classes.

"St. Joseph's College has taught me a lot about community building, paying it forward, and simply put, life. I've learned so much about becoming a team player, working towards a common goal and becoming an all around better person. St. Joseph's has shaped me into a better version of myself."

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