SCRANTON, PA (readMedia)-- The University of Scranton conferred 65 doctoral degrees in physical therapy and 748 master's degrees at its commencement on May 25 on campus. Graduates of the Jesuit university represented 38 states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia. Programs with the most graduates at Scranton were educational administration, curriculum and instruction, MBA, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
Austin Burke, president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, served as the principal speaker. A leader in community development for four decades, Burke has served as the chamber's president since 1981. He served in Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's cabinet as secretary for community and economic development.
"Graduates, the master's degree you earned today will help you to prepare for a lifetime of surprises," said Burke. "You will encounter challenges and frustrations, as well as moments of pure euphoria. My hope is that your euphoria will be intense and richly satisfying; that your euphoria will be the result of endeavors which benefit our children and grandchildren."
University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., also addressed the graduates and their guests.
Degrees were conferred by Father Quinn to candidates presented by W. Jeffrey Welsh, Ph.D., dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education.
The following area residents received post-baccalaureate degrees from The University of Scranton.
Jeffrey S. Powers of Conshohocken earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with a major in physical therapy from The University of Scranton.
Michael J. Tornetta of Blue Bell earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a major in finance and accounting from The University of Scranton.
Brittany M. Speer of Collegeville earned a Master in Health Administration degree with a major in health administration from The University of Scranton.
Lauren M. Stout of Penllyn earned a Master of Science degree with a major in curriculum and instruction from The University of Scranton.
Melissa T. Wojciechowski of Conshohocken earned a Master of Science degree with a major in curriculum and instruction from The University of Scranton.
Amy Zawislak of Bridgeport earned a Master of Science degree with a major in curriculum and instruction from The University of Scranton.
The University of Scranton is located in northeast Pennsylvania.