Monday, May 1, 2017
A total of 824 students will graduate from Mercyhurst University this month with ceremonies taking place the weekend of May 13-14, 2017. Commencement for North East graduates and those of satellite campuses at Corry and the Booker T. Washington Center takes place Saturday, May 13; Erie campus graduates celebrate on Sunday, May 14.
Mercyhurst University President Michael T. Victor will deliver the traditional address at Erie’s 89th Commencement, celebrating the graduation of 661 students, including 526 baccalaureate degree candidates and 135 master’s degree candidates. The proceedings take place at the Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French St., at 2 p.m. on May 14.
Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees Chair Richard Lanzillo, Esq., will deliver the charge from the board. Sam Lioi, recipient of the university’s Carpe Diem Award for 2017, will be the student speaker. The Carpe Diem Award is presented to the senior who has made the most positive impact on the life of the Mercyhurst community and who best exemplifies the university motto, "Carpe Diem" - "Seize the Opportunity."
Students will graduate by college: Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, the Walker College of Business, and the Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences.
Earning degrees during proceedings at Mercyhurst North East on May 13 are 146 Mercyhurst North East graduates; three graduates of the Corry campus; and 14 more from the Booker T. Washington Center, for a total of 163.
Dr. David Hyland, vice president for Mercyhurst North East, will offer the welcome during the 1 p.m. ceremonies at Liguori Fieldhouse. Board of Trustees Vice Chair Joseph NeCastro will deliver the charge from the board. Medal of Honor recipient Andrea Thornton will be the student speaker. The Medal of Honor is the highest award presented to the graduating student who has had the most positive impact on the life of the North East college community.
(2016 File Photo)