Alvernia University partners with the Philadelphia Police Academy by offering on-site classes at the Philadelphia Police Academy. Classes are offered in a modular session format one night a week making it convenient and flexible for current Philadelphia Police officers to complete their bachelor’s degree while receiving a 20% tuition discount.
Alvernia also presents the Saint Michael Award for Academic Excellence to a top cadet in each Philadelphia Police Academy graduating class. Candidates represent Alvernia's mission, demonstrate leadership skills, and earn the highest grade point average among peers who have yet to complete a bachelor's degree.
During the June 2014 Philadelphia Police Academy graduation, Cadet Nicholas Criscillo will be presented the St Michael Award by Dr. Edgar J. Hartung, chair of Alvernia’s Criminal Justice department.