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Date: 12/19/2011

Two students received Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership degrees during December 2011 graduation ceremonies. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Scott Ballantyne (Barbera's dissertation chair), graduate Mary Lynch Barbera, Dr. Tufan Tiglioglu (Ph.D. program director), graduate Alicia Haberski Sprow, and Dr. Spencer Stober (Sprow's dissertation chair). Barbera and Sprow are the first Ph.D. graduates in Alvernia's history.


More than 275 seniors graduatied from Alvernia University on Sun., Dec. 18. 

Graduating senior, Matthew A. Wertz delivered a student address before crossing the stage to receive his Master’s in Business Administration degree. Wertz, who received his Bachelor’s degree from Alvernia in 1986, returned after serving 20 years in the military.

Father William Hultberg, O.S.F.S., director of clinical pastoral services was awarded an honorary degree of humane letters, and delivered a stirring commencement address to graduating students and their families. As a spiritual advisor for Caron Treatment Centers, Father "Bill" offers spiritual and religious counseling to recovering addicts and their families.

Looking for photos from the hooding ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass? Find them here, with photos from Commencement. Both events were held in the Physical Education Center on main campus.


  • 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.