The Journey of Widener’s 2020 Graduate Students

By Jessica Reyes, Assistant Director of Communications
Arden Vizzard with Widener flag
Arden Vizzard celebrates graduating from Widener with a Master of Social Work.

As Widener University bids farewell to its 2020 graduate students, it is worth reminiscing about their unique journey to a valued graduate degree.

Their experiences here will no doubt shape their futures. They built a powerful network of industry insiders and skilled classmates, learned from faculty leading their fields, and blazed new trails in research and academia. They leave Widener with the toolbox needed to start, change, or elevate their careers.

The Widener Community

Whether in-person or online, whether a master’s, doctoral, or dual degree, they joined a robust and growing community of learners. Widener has over 50 graduate and professional programs, and roughly half the student body are graduate students.

Graduate Student at Bruce Center

Research and Scholarship

Graduate students pursued research for major grants, such as discovering antibodies to support immune cells to fight cancer, and developing novel materials to recover rare-earth elements. Many also published articles about their research, and presented side-by-side with faculty leading these projects.

Conference Presentation

Giving Back

Graduate students gave back to communities both in Chester and across the country. Much of the work occurred in Widener’s highly respected clinics, including the Chester Community Clinic, the Small Business Development Center, the Biofeedback Clinic, and the Social Work Counseling Services.

Physical Therapy Student Helps in Clinic

Faculty Mentors

Widener faculty know exactly what it is like to have the drive to succeed. That’s why they prioritized and mentored the graduate students to help them get ahead. Those connections don’t end after graduation – they’re lifelong.

SBA Faculty Presentation

A Stronger Network

They did not just learn from expert faculty. They also learned from each other. Their relationships with talented classmates are now valuable connections, particularly when they pursue future career moves or just need advice.

Graduate Students Participate

The 2020 graduates are ready to shape their fields and grow their careers. Each step of their Widener journey prepared them for what comes next. The Widener community is proud of all their successes and look forward to seeing the impact they will have on the world. Congratulations!

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