Your graduation from St. John’s
University will 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 2 ½ hours. Graduates are asked
to show respect for their fellow classmates and are expected to
stay until the student recessional has been completed.
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
Robert A. Mangione, Ed.D., R.Ph.