West Hartford resident Kylie Hoang was a member of the inaugural class of Physician Assistants who graduated from the University of Saint Joseph this year.
On May 13, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) held its 84th commencement ceremony at the in Hartford, Conn.
Family and friends gathered in the audience as USJ awarded 235 bachelor’s degrees, 500 master’s degrees, and more than 80 doctoral degrees.
Among the graduates this year was the inaugural class of USJ’s program, which began at the West Hartford campus in January 2017. From this first class, Kylie Hoang, M’19, was selected to offer her remarks after a rigorous two-and-a-half-year program.
“At the University of Saint Joseph, from day one, we are taught the fundamental values of kindness and service to others. No matter which field you ultimately pursue and what path you take next in life, remember that we all have the power and ability to help others in even the smallest ways.”
The University recognized professors who have made profound impacts on the campus community, presenting the Reverend John J. Stack Teaching Excellence Award to , associate professor of History, for her outstanding work in the classroom, and the Sister Mary Ellen Murphy Scholarship Award to , assistant professor of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice, for his recent publications.
With the flipping of the tassel, graduates exited the ceremony and entered their futures with President Rhona Free’s address still ringing in their ears: “As a University of Saint Joseph student, you have been encouraged to be compassionate and respectful, to act with integrity and to serve others, to welcome differences and cultivate relationships of mutual respect,” shared Free. “As you leave the University, whatever you do for work, in your community, and for your family, we hope you take those values with you.”
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