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Congratulations Class of 2012!

Date: 12/17/2012

The December graduating class of 2012 received diplomas on December 16, 2012 in Alvernia's Physical Education Center. During the ceremony, Dr. Melissa Jamula (who received an honorary degree of humane letters) addressed the crowd, as did graduate Mary Ellen Carsey '12. Graduate Stephanie Lee Shimer '12 sang the National Anthem and Alma Mater, Albert L. L. Hawkins '12 offered an Invocation, and Mannie Mae Wooten '12 led the tassel turning ceremony. Susan B. McCord '12 finished the ceremony with a Benediction.

>> Candid photos from Baccalaureate and Commencement

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

PH: Melissa Jamula

Dr. Melissa Jamula, December 2012 commencement speaker


  • 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.