The Class of 2012 Begins Its New Journey

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Thanks to Chestnut Hill's commencement speaker, former Channel 6 weatherman Dave Roberts, the blue skies and sunshine provided a beautiful backdrop for the College’s May 12th commencement exercises.

 

The College awarded 351 bachelor degrees, 219 graduate degrees as well as 30 doctoral degrees in clinical psychology during the ceremony. An honorary Doctor of Laws degree was awarded to Dave Roberts for his outstanding community service work supporting local charities that include the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Lupus Foundation, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Barbara D’Iorio Martino ’60, chair of the board of directors received the Chestnut Hill Medal.

 

Sister Carol Jean Vale, Ph.D., president of Chestnut Hill College, recognized students for their scholastic achievement with the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement is awarded to graduates of the School of Undergraduate Studies who have completed eight consecutive semesters at Chestnut Hill College, earned a grade point average of 3.9 or better, and are graduating Summa Cum Laude.

 

Students honored were:  

  • Olivia Frank, an international affairs major with a minor in international business and Russian with a grade point average of 3.93
     
  • Mary Vigilante, a psychology major with a G.PA of 3.93
     
  • Laura Steinberg, an elementary education major with a minor in special education with a G.P.A. of 3.96.
     

The Stephen N. Berk, Ph.D Memorial Award was awarded at commencement to Dr. Edmond Riccio by Dr. Stephen Berk’s son, Jason Berk, M.D. . The award is named in honor of Dr. Steven Berk, Ph.D., ABN, assistant professor of psychology at the College, who passed away in early 2012 after a brief but courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. The Stephen N. Berk, Ph.D. Memorial Award will be awarded annually to a graduate psychology student who exemplifies Dr. Berk’s values and interests.

 

Commencement 2012 Student Procession 

The graduates begin their procession down to the tent to begin the ceremony.

 

Commencement Speaker Dave Roberts 
During his speech, former Channel 6 weatherman Dave Roberts told the graduates "Life is a gift, and there will come a time where you have to give it back. Give it back with a bonus."

 

New Alums 
New alumni of Chestnut Hill College gather for photos with their friends.

 

Barbara Martino 
Barbara D’Iorio Martino ’60, chair of the board of directors received the Chestnut Hill Medal.