Saying the experience was “as good as it gets,” Steve Lavin, St.
John’s men’s basketball coach, addressed more than 3,000 new
graduates at the University’s two Commencement Exercises this
weekend, held at the Staten Island campus on Saturday, May 12, and
at the Queens campus on Sunday, May 13.
The Staten Island Commencement saw 264 graduates receive their
degrees, while close to 3,000 walked across the stage at the Queens
campus. Bright, blue skies made for perfect weather conditions to
end St. John’s University’s 142nd academic year.
During Commencement, the Very Rev. Perry Henry, C.M., D.Min.,
provincial superior of the Western Province of the Congregation of
the Mission in the USA, received the degree of Doctor of Sacred
Theology, honoris causa. Patricia Ann Norris McDonald,
mayor of Malverne, NY, was awarded the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Medal. William L. Collins ’76C, a member of St. John’s Board of
Trustees, received the degree of Doctor of Commercial Science,
Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of St. John’s
University, presided over both ceremonies and praised the honorees
at the Queens campus exercises.
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