DALLAS — Facing a transition from under-graduate to graduate school, Tiffani Sedorovitz, Misericordia University’s valedictorian, said she feels well prepared for what challenges lie ahead thanks to her experiences and relationships during her four years at the college.
“Misericordia’s outstanding academics paired with its close-knit community make the experiences here truly exceptional,” Sedorovitz said.
Sedorovitz was one of 361 students who crossed the stage Saturday afternoon to receive their degrees during the 88th annual Misericordia University commencement ceremony held in the Anderson Sports and Health Center.
Graduates were from 11 states — Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Indiana, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire and Texas — and two foreign countries — South Korea and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Within the class, about 12 students will be attending prominent graduate schools, said Paul Krzywicki, assistant director of marketing communications.
Sedorovitz, 21, of Mayfield, will be pursuing a master degree of Mathematics from the University of Denver, Colorado. Classmates, Amelia Poplawski, 22, of Plains Township will attend Duke University, enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy program for cancer biology, and Andrea Carr, 22, of Dallas, is enrolled in the doctorate program of veterinary medicine with the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbia, Missouri.
Leaving the comfort of a small, intimate campus, all three girls said the experiences at Misericordia through friendships and helpful faculty have helped them make the decision to move forward with their education.
Carr said the faculty’s open-door policy allowed students to be nurtured and fostered in a way that could have been over looked on a larger campus. Moving on, she noted, it is nice to be able to continue to have the accessibility to professors, even from graduate school hundreds of miles away.
“I feel well prepared to transition into graduate school,” Poplawski said. “Misericordia provided me with an unparalleled experience.”
Commencement speaker, Honorable Patrick A. Mulloy, J.D., LL.M., a Washington based trade lawyer, said the ideals of the university’s founding Order of the Sisters of Mercy are still reflected in the campus culture and in the lives of former graduates.
“The spirit of that Order (the Sisters of Mercy) has permeated this university since its founding and continues to influence its graduates to use their talents toward the betterment of our society,” Mulloy said.
Mulloy told graduates and families success in life should not be viewed as power over others, but to inspire and help others.
“The Sisters of Mercy devoted their lives to helping the poor and educating the young,” he said. “They never achieved those things, but their efforts gave many young people the chance to develop their God-given capabilities. Is that not achieving real success in life?”
Mulloy advised the students to always be honest and trustworthy in their future endeavors.
“Go forth Class of 2014 and do good things with your lives, and God will act through your works to make a better nation and world for you, your families and the generations yet to come,” Mulloy said.