June 13, 2011
Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of St. John’s, conferred 52
master’s degrees upon graduating students yesterday during the 15th
Commencement Exercises at the University's Rome, Italy, campus.
“You (the students) have been provided with a great opportunity
in receiving a St. John’s education here in Rome,” said
Fr. Harrington. “May you always be grateful for that
opportunity, and may you share the fruits of that education –
whether it be in business, in international relations or in global
development and social justice – with those who are in greatest
need throughout our world.”
The ceremony brought Italian dignitaries, administrators,
staff, friends and family members, as well as members of the
University’s Board of Trustees, to the campus at Via Marcantonio
Colonna, 21A, in central Rome. The following 52 master's degrees
• 11 Master of Arts in Global Studies and Social
• 24 Master of Arts in International Relations
• 17 Master of Business Administration
The University dedicated and blessed its current Rome campus in
October, 2008. The four-story, 75,000-square-foot structure
features 13 classrooms, 200 resident beds, a chapel, a courtyard
and administrative offices.
The campus is owned by the Vincentian Community of priests and
brothers. The Vincentians founded St. John’s in 1870 and continue
to direct the University in the spirit and values of St.
Vincent de Paul.
St. John's established its first Rome, Italy, campus 16 years
ago at its original location, at Via Santa Maria Mediatrice, 24,
near the Vatican.
“St. John’s has succeeded in having a great impact in Rome since
1995," Fr. Harrington noted. "Since that time, the University's
Rome campus has graduated more than 500 students.
These alumni have gone forth from St. John’s not merely with a
high quality education, but with an ethical sense that
serves them well as global citizens.”
"Graduates of our Rome campus are now present in the far reaches
of our globe," Fr. Harrington added. "They represent St. John’s
strength as the distinctive International University that it
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