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Commencement by the numbers

  • 2,382 undergraduate degrees conferred in 2019, the largest graduating class at the University in three decades
  • 128 international students from 25 countries
  • 3,788 total graduates from 34 states
  • 40% of the class graduated with honors

Margaret M. Keane ’81C, ’87MBA  

Secretary of the University’s Board of Trustees, Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony, and one of only 24 female CEOs in the Fortune 500- delivered the Queens Commencement address and received an honorary degree.

Founders Society 

Six Founders Society members were inducted, making a commitment to the University through lifetime gifts and pledges that total at least one million dollars and support student success.

Alumni Engagement

10,000+ alumni supported and engaged with the University.

Supporting Student Success

$25.9 million raised in annual gifts from generous alumni, parents, faculty, employees, and friends.

Commencement 2019

Past Issues

St. John's College

Alison G. Hyslop, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry, led an Academic Service-Learning project helping children in hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico acquire solar cell panels to charge cell phones and other devices. Read more.

The School of Education

Faculty from The School of Education and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences traveled abroad this summer to learn about the educational and healthcare systems in other countries. Read more.

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

The Tobin College launched a new M.B.A. in Real Estate that offers candidates the opportunity to concentrate in real estate or real estate finance in a city known for its highly-valued properties markets.Read more.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Vivek Gupta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, recently secured two grants totaling more than $600,000 for his research in treating pulmonary hypertension. Read more.

College of Professional Studies

St. John’s students flexed their entrepreneurial muscles at the second annual Pitch Johnny Competition, where they presented their original start-up ideas before judges who included professors and industry professionals, as well as alumni. Read more.

School of Law

St. John’s Law continues to rank in the top tier of New York law schools for bar exam success, with a July 2018 pass rate of 87 percent—well above the statewide average of 83 percent. Read more.


St. John's introduced Mike Cragg as its seventh Athletic Director in program history, and seven teams achieved a perfect graduation success rate. Read more.

University News

In support of the St. John’s initiative to expand and enhance an inclusive campus community, the University dedicated two new spaces on campus: the Academic Center for Equity and Inclusion (ACEI) and the Inclusivity Resource Center (IRC). Read more about the ACEI here and about the IRC here.