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More than 700 to Join Alumni Family at Commencement

Next Saturday, May 21, Wilkes will celebrate the achievements of our graduates at the 69th Annual Spring Commencement exercises, which will be held in the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center. During the ceremonies, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Colonel Mark A. Rado '80, USA Retired, will welcome 740 graduates to the alumni family and present Anthony Fanucci PharmD ’18, a pharmacy student, with the Alumni Association Award for Leadership.

Dr. Wil Del Pilar, acting deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will speak at the morning ceremony for graduate students and Wilkes University President Patrick F. Leahy will speak at the afternoon ceremony for undergraduates. During the afternoon undergraduate ceremony, the University will award the honorary doctor of humane letters degree to John J. Passan. The University is recognizing Passan for his generous donation to the University's newly-named Passan School of Nursing in October 2015.
If you are unable to attend the commencement ceremonies, you can watch them online! Click here to access our live stream.

Farewell Seniors - Welcome Alumni

Throughout the spring semester, the alumni and development offices have helped the class of 2016 celebrate the close of their time as students and the start of their lives as young professionals and Wilkes alumni.  The graduating class has been raising funds to purchase outdoor benches for the new sitting area on the Gateway near Capin Hall. View photos from the class of 2016’s First Farewell here.

Homecoming may be more than four months away, but many alumni are already making plans to come back to campus for the celebration. You will be able to review the full schedule of events and register for them this summer, but in the meantime, let us know that you plan to attend Homecoming by clicking here. You can also view our hotel recommendations

Reservations are filling up quickly for our premiere event, Founders Gala 2016! Reservations must be received no later than Friday, May 20, to guarantee a seat. Don't miss the opportunity to support first-generation students at Wilkes and extend congratulations to Clayton '49 and Theresa Karambelas as they are awarded the President's Medal. For more information, visit or call 570-408-4137.

Saracino, Antinnes Elected to MAC Hall of Fame
Legendary Wilkes women's coach Doris Saracino and two-sport star Marv Antinnes '61 have been elected to the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. Saracino, a 34-year member of the Wilkes athletic department from 1960 to 1994, is often called the "Mother of Wilkes Women's Athletics." Antinnes starred on both the football field and wrestling mat twice earning Male Athlete of the Year Honors at Wilkes....more

Give Words of Wisdom to the Class of 2020
Who better to provide advice about navigating through life at Wilkes than you, our alumni?  Share your words of wisdom about college, classes or life in general with our newest class of Colonels. We'll include your thoughts in their welcome packets at summer orientation.
Take the Colonel on Vacation!
For the past few years, the Colonel has traveled the world with alumni, visiting places both near and far. He went west with Dr. Robert Bohlander to the Grand Canyon & Zion National Park; experienced New Orleans with Leslie Jenkins '65; and posed for a quick pic in Alaska with Kristin Hake Klemish '04 & Ryan Klemish '04.  If you would like to bring the Colonel on your vacation, contact the alumni office at or (570)408-7787 and we’ll send him to you. We’ll share your photos on our Facebook page.

Support Wilkes
As we approach the end of our fiscal year, we are reminded how important alumni support is to Wilkes. Whether your gift is designated to scholarships, mentoring programs, student activities, or other areas, the Wilkes experience continues to be special thanks to your help. Make your gift of any amount before May 31 to be counted among donors this fiscal year.

Alumni Association Open Board Meeting
Interested in learning more about the Alumni Association? Participate in our open meeting on Friday, June 3, 2016, ‚Äčat 3 p.m in the Cohen Science Center. Whether you join us on campus or call in to the meeting, you’ll get a firsthand look at how our board of directors works with its campus partners to provide programs for the alumni community. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or (570)408-7787.

Spring Commencement Ceremony
May 21

Founders Gala 2016
June 4

64th Annual John Chwalek Open
June 23

4th Annual Football Golf Tournament

August 5

Homecoming 2016

September 30-October 2

We want to know what you've been up to!  Share your news with your fellow alumni by emailing information to Jacki Lukas at and it will appear in the next e-newsletter.

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Philip Cheifetz
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Peter Gale
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Eight Student-Athletes Named to Spring MAC Sportsmanship Teams

Baseball has Three Named 2016 All-MAC Freedom

Men’s Swimming Named Team Scholar All-American; Bright, Williams Named Team MVP

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