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Spring Commencement MAY 13 St. Francis College celebrated the Class of 2014 at Spring Commencement on May 13th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Almost 400 students received their degrees with Valedictorian Matthew Delfino ’14 leading the way. I n a spirited and emotional address, Delfino implored his classmates to, “Embrace your own futures. Define your own success and turn your ambitions into reality.” He also urged them to be present in the moment and live a life with passion and purpose. Delfino, a Political Science Major with a Minor in Philosophy and a perfect 4.0 GPA, will begin working for information technology research and advisory company, Gartner, Inc., as a consultant with their state and local government practice. This commencement also celebrated the first graduates of the new five-year Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychology. Pamela Brier (President, Maimonides Medical Center), Professor Francis J. Greene, and Regina Myer, standing with President Brendan J. Dugan’ 68, were each awarded honorary doctorates at the ceremony. ABOVE: L E F T: Valedictorian Matthew Delfino ’14 Winter Commencement JANUARY 15 T he valedictorian for the January class, Rania Joudeh ’14, was a Math Education major with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Rania transferred to St. Francis from Kingsborough Community College after a fortuitous meeting between her father and St. Francis College President Brendan J. Dugan ’68. Bro. Owen Sadlier, OSF ’69 received a long, heartfelt ovation upon receiving an Honorary Degree in celebration of his retirement. He taught at St. Francis for 15 years in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and mentored countless students during that time, offering them pieces of his seemingly endless knowledge and boundless kindness. Assistant Dean of Freshman Studies Monica Micha lski ’01 delivered the Commencement Address. Winter Commencement Valedictorian, Rania Joudeh ’14. A B O V E : Bro. Owen Sadlier, OSF ’69 L E F T: New Student Lounge S tudents are taking full advantage of a new lounge on the Sixth Floor which features comfortable seating and tables and desks for work. With the completion of the lounge, construction on the floor, which also includes the Eileen C. Dugan Life Sciences Center, is now over. New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as well as other Brooklyn lawmakers will officially open the Center in June. ST. FR ANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER | SPRING 2014 | 3