Albertus Magnus College Set to Celebrate 98th Commencement

Dual Outdoor and In-person Commencement Ceremony for Class of 2020 and Class of 2021

New Haven, Conn., May 10, 2021 –  Albertus Magnus College President Marc M. Camille will confer undergraduate and graduate degrees at the 98th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m. in front of Rosary Hall, 700 Prospect Street in New Haven.  Associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees are being presented at this outdoor, in-person, and socially distant event for both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021. With the health and well-being of the community being a top priority, Albertus will continue to follow all State of Connecticut and CDC guidelines, with all attendees wearing masks, adhering to proper physical distancing, and with guests limited to four per student. The ceremony will be live-streamed for those who are not able to attend.

As customary, Albertus will award honorary degrees to distinguished individuals whose life and work honor the College’s mission. Chris Lowney, philanthropist, author, and one-time Jesuit seminarian who later served as a managing director of JP Morgan & Co in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, and London, will receive an honorary doctorate degree and deliver remarks to the Albertus graduates. Marna P. Borgstrom, chief executive officer, Yale-New Haven Health System and Yale-New Haven Hospital, will also receive an honorary doctorate degree – the fifth of her distinguished career. Jeanne M. Dennison ’78 concluded 20 years of service as a trustee of the College in 2019 in which she chaired the Presidential Search Committee and served from 2015-2019 as Board Chair. Her studies at Albertus launched a varied career in the telecommunications industry. The fourth honorary doctorate is being presented posthumously to William (Bill) Doyle, Esq., a dedicated Albertus Trustee for 20 years, including serving as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. He passed away on April 18, 2020 from COVID-19.

The ceremony will also mark the second presentation of the St. Dominic Medal, an honor that recognizes an individual or organization whose mission, values, and practices embody the College’s core Dominican values: Study, Prayer, Community, and Service. This year, Doris Dumas ’95, president of the NAACP New Haven Chapter, is being recognized for both the chapter’s work and for her work as president; as is Jennifer Staple-Clark, founder of Unite For Sight.  

Albertus Magnus serves a diverse student body and, based on the annual Destination Survey, Albertus graduates consistently far outperform the national average for finding full-time jobs or going on to further education.  Here are a few success stories:

Kevin Franco ’21 (Traditional Undergraduate); Business Management, Finance with minor in Accounting

“Albertus has granted me a Liberal Arts Education that I am confident will open doors for me. I know that no matter what, I can always go to my Albertus family for anything.”

Marissa Guglielmi ’21 (Online Graduate) MBA

“Three words to describe my Albertus experience:  motivational, encouraging, and exciting.”

Caroline Kordell ‘21 (Professional and Graduate Studies); Master’s in Art Therapy and Counseling (MAAT-C)

“Albertus will always be my second home; this is where I found myself. I have so many memories here that molded me into the person I am. This campus is where I started the rest of my life.”

Alex Mitchell ’21 (Traditional Undergraduate); B.A. Communications

“Albertus has given me a greater knowledge of myself, my capabilities, and my potential. I’ve learned to be more confident and trust myself more because the people I’ve worked and interacted with here have put their confidence and trust in me.”

Albertus Magnus College is in the midst of celebrating its 95th Anniversary and this fall will welcome its Centennial Class.

About Albertus Magnus College

About Albertus Magnus College: Albertus Magnus College, founded in 1925, is a Catholic College in the Dominican tradition. It is recognized by external rankings such as US News & World Report Best Colleges, Money Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. The College has an enrollment of 1,500 students in its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated adult degree programs, and 12 graduate programs, including a new Master of Public Administration and the only Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program in Connecticut. In the last year, the College received two significant Federal grants in support of student success and well-being: a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice and a $1.9 million Title III grant from the Department of Education.