“When St. Ignatius and his Jesuit brothers opened their first schools in the 16th century, they understood the purpose of education not so much in terms of the pursuit of abstract of specific truths,” said Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of The University of Scranton, in his address to the graduates.
“The primary point for them was character formation. As they explained in a letter to the king of Spain, ‘the proper education of people will mean improvement for the whole world.’ Today, you become an extension of that centuries-old educational tradition, sent forth from here to ‘go and set the world on fire.’“
Scranton’s graduate degree recipients represent 35 states including Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Utah, Texas, Georgia, New Jersey and New York. Master’s degree programs with the most graduates include curriculum and instruction, educational administration, occupational therapy and MBA.
The degrees were conferred by Father Pilarz to candidates presented by W. Jeffrey Welsh, Ph.D., dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education.