December 12, 2011
St. Mary’s University celebrated the accomplishments of 310 new graduates during fall commencement exercises Dec. 10, 2011 in the Bill Greehey Arena of the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center on the University campus.
The number of total graduates included 168 bachelors degrees, 140 masters degrees and two doctoral degrees. The Commencement speaker was U.S. Foreign Service Officer Greg Pardo (B.A. ’05).
Members of the graduating class were asked to complete a survey regarding their plans after graduation. Almost 40 percent reported that they have found employment, including almost half of those earning masters degrees. Forty one percent percent plan to attend graduate school.
The graduates indicated that about 40 percent participated in at least one internship during college, continuing the trend toward achieving career experience prior to graduation. Many have completed multiple internships or research activities.