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Commencement Photos

Date: 5/16/2011

Almost 400 seniors graduated from Alvernia University on Saturday, May 14, 2011 during a commencement ceremony, held in the Sovereign Center’s Reading Eagle Theatre.

Allison L. Blair of Shillington, Pa., delivered a student address before crossing the stage to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In addition, Ruth Elaine Smith, Sinking Spring, Pa., served as the ceremonial tassel turner. Smith (who boasts a 4.0 GPA) was one of six students graduating from the new Master of Science in Nursing program.

Jim S. Boscov, longtime member of Alvernia's Board of Trustees, was recognized with Trustee Emeritus status and Marie A. Dennis was awarded an honorary degree.

In addition, the entire Class of 1961 (Mrs. Helen Archer, Dr. Marie Nowakowski, Mrs. Theresa Pierce, and Sr. Mary Joseph Tirpak) crossed the stage one more time in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

Click here for downloadable photos from the event.

Photos of each graduate on stage will soon available on the Kopicki Photography website.


  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.