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Nazareth celebrates its first Commencement ceremonies as University, May 17 & 18

Published May 09, 2024

Nazareth University has a lot to celebrate: Its Class of 2024 is the first class graduating from the renamed Nazareth University and Nazareth turns 100 this year, making this year’s grads also the final graduating class of Nazareth’s first century! The 97th Commencement ceremonies take place in the Golisano Training Center on campus. The graduate ceremony is Friday evening, May 17, at 6 p.m., and two undergraduate ceremonies are Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All ceremonies will be livestreamed.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz ’95, a photographer best known within the world of documentary photography for his passionate depictions of real life, is Nazareth University’s Commencement speaker. Nazareth will ceremoniously grant an honorary degree to Rivera-Ortiz during one of the ceremonies. Read the full story on Rivera-Ortiz.

Nazareth’s Class of 2024 graduates are headed into careers and on for graduate degrees. They look forward to making the world better as ethical business professionals and entrepreneurs, teachers, financial advisors, museum and library specialists, data analysts, performers, communications professionals, music composers, creators of sustainable systems, artists, designers, professors, myriad physical and mental health professionals, and more. Here are 17 mini-profiles of members of the Class of 2024.

About Nazareth University's Centennial Celebration: A Century of Uniting Education and Action

During the year leading up to and following the 100th anniversary of Nazareth’s founding on September 24, 1924, Nazareth is marking its Centennial Celebration under the theme of A Century of Uniting Education and Action

Nazareth’s Centennial Celebration is a time to celebrate and remember what Nazareth University has been, what it is now, and what it will continue to be as a University place of learning, born in a time of social revolution and action inside and outside of the classroom, with a commitment to continuing Nazareth’s tradition of transformative education through action for social justice, preparing and inspiring students who will be courageous changemakers in their life's work.

More: Celebrating our Centennial


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Nazareth University is an inclusive community of inspired learners, educators, and changemakers who for nearly 100 years have been driven by a bold commitment to action, empathy, equity, and leading innovation for the common good. Impact experiences are at the heart of a Nazareth education, preparing each student to discover within themselves the potential to cultivate positive change in their life's work, in any career field, and in a world that is constantly evolving and infinitely interconnected.

Our broad academic offerings present a range of study options typical of larger universities, yet achieved in our supportive campus culture. Nearly 2,100 undergrad and 600 graduate students enroll in degree and certificate programs and engage in collaborative, transformative learning experiences, preparing for the professions and society of today and tomorrow. In a learning community that purposefully integrates liberal arts and professional programs, Nazareth University graduates are able to launch a lifetime of impactful leadership in communities and workplaces near and far.