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Congrats Class of 2017

Celebratory cheers filled Widener University’s campus this weekend, as more than one thousand diplomas were awarded to members of the class of 2017!

Both the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies were filled with smiling faces of family and friends as they watched their loved ones reach this new milestone.

It was an emotional day for many students as they said goodbye to faculty and friends, and reflected on their Widener experience, and where it has led them today.  

“As I got closer and closer to this day, our graduation day, I couldn’t help but get more excited,” Jacie Shuman, President’s Award recipient and student speaker at the undergraduate ceremony, said. “But also, sad because I can’t imagine not seeing my school friends every day or at the minimum once a week. Who knows where we will all end up?”

Shuman, who studied biology at Widener, encouraged graduates to continue to follow their dreams. “You’re going to make it because that is what these past four years have trained you to do. Being a college student has shown you how to move with the punches and solve your problems.”

Dr. Alarico Barabino, who received his doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s in business administration, also felt connected to his peers at Widener. Originally from Italy, Barabino reminded the Widener community to make meaningful connections in life. “The best gift we can give to one? another is to listen and make that person feel valued.”

He also encouraged his peers to continue to serve humanity. “All of us, at the end of this experiential and academic journey, have been equipped with the knowledge and skills to become leaders of empathy, for the purpose of improving humanity and the human condition.”

Widener University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman reminded the class of 2017 of how much they have already done during their time at Widener. “You used your education and leadership skills to address some of the world’s most vexing problems,” she said. “The world needs leaders with the knowledge, strength, and compassion you honed here at Widener.”

We encourage you to watch video coverage of both the graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies, created by communications studies student Andrew Proctor ’19. They are excellent examples of experiential learning at work at Widener.