St. Joseph's College Announces 96th Annual Commencement Speaker

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Commencement exercises to take place May 23 and May 26

S. Loretta McGrann, C.S.J., Ph.D.

S. Loretta McGrann, C.S.J., Ph.D.

S. Loretta has been a relentless advocate for quality curriculum, student success and assessment.

St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that S. Loretta McGrann, C.S.J., Ph.D. will be the speaker for both of its annual commencement ceremonies. The Brooklyn Campus commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. The Long Island Campus Commencement will be held on Tuesday, May 26 at 3 p.m. at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Beginning her career at St. Joseph’s College as the director of student services and an instructor in English, S. Loretta later served as a professor, associate chairperson and chairperson of the English Department. In 1990, she was a visiting assistant professor of the graduate English department at Stony Brook University. S. Loretta continued her tenure at SJC as the vice president for academic affairs and the academic dean of the School of Arts and Sciences on the Long Island Campus. In 2005, she was appointed provost and has held that position for the past 10 years.

S. Loretta received a B.A. from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pennsylvania; an M.A. from Brooklyn College; and a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. All three degrees were in English, with her master’s specifically in English Education.

“S. Loretta has been a relentless advocate for quality curriculum, student success and assessment,” said Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., president of SJC. “A Sister of St. Joseph, S. Loretta has embodied the community’s charism in her work with those in greatest need and her advocacy for all people.”

Dedicated to SJC since 1978, S. Loretta will retire from her position as provost at the end of the spring semester. She will receive honorary Doctor of Arts and Humane Letters degrees at both commencement ceremonies. After a short one-semester sabbatical, S. Loretta will return to the College in the spring of 2016 as an instructor of English.

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St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 35 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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