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Congratulations Class of 2012!

Date: 5/14/2012

Almost 500 students (336 undergraduate, 111 master's, and 3 doctoral) graduated on May 12, 2012 — after celebrating Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies. A ceremonial nursing pinning was held on May 11. 

President Flynn and Board Chair Joanne Judge bestowed Honorary Degrees of Humane Letters on The Most Reverend John O. Barres, D.D, S.T.D., J.C.L., fourth Bishop of Allentown and D. Michael Baxter, M.D., chair of the department of family and community medicine at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, during commencement ceremonies at the Sovereign Center. Dr. Baxter addressed students as the commencement speaker.

Allison Toczylowski (Mantua, N.J.) also took the stage as this year's student speaker before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training. 

See the slideshows below for images from the weekend, or visit the online photo galleries for: Baccalaureate  —  Commencement — and the Nursing Pinning.

Please note: individual photos (taken as graduates received diplomas on stage) will be available through Kopicki Photography.




  • 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.