150 Reasons to Love St. John’s: Commencement Commences

Graduate holding scroll

Commencement marks a profound period of transition for college students around the world. After the final flakes of confetti fall to the ground and all of the mortarboards are tossed into the air, college grads begin a new journey, fortified with their freshly minted degrees.

Female student walking away in cap and gown

Reason 20.

As St. John’s students begin a new chapter in their lives, they do so knowing that they are in good company. In fact, when President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., oversees the conferring of their degrees this year, it will mark his first Commencement exercises at the University.

Reason 21.

Graduates of St. John’s leave the University poised to directly face the challenges of tomorrow, as they become members of a vast alumni network of more than 190,000. This proud network provides lifelong personal and professional connections for Johnnies, as well as internship opportunities for students.

Reason 22.- Reason 25.

University Career Services

is an invaluable tool for students and alumni alike. For undergrads and grad students, this office provides assistance in securing real-world professional experience through internship positions.

Despite a job market weakened by COVID-19, last year’s graduates fared particularly well in finding employment or continuing their studies.


of 2020 graduates employed or enrolled in graduate programs within six months of graduation.


of students who graduated from St. John’s between 2016 and 2019 were employed or in graduate school within the six-month period that followed their particular Commencement.


of St. John's student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA and 69 percent of student-athletes achieved a 3.5 GPA.

St. John's University logo with job fair materials

Reason 26.

Regardless of their athletic abilities, all graduates of St. John’s can harness the power of Career Services long after Commencement through a wide range of tools, services, and resources for help in making career decisions. 

Reason 27.

The end of one journey is the beginning of another. While the final days of college are probably bittersweet for the Class of 2021, they can take comfort in knowing that the friendships and memories they have made at St. John’s will last a lifetime.