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Commencement Speaker Spotlight: Margaret M. Keane

Morgan C. Mullings, Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2019

Over 2,000 students are expected to walk across the stage at St. John’s undergraduate Commencement ceremony this year. One of those students will be Margaret M. Keane’s nephew.  Keane is a double alum of SJU, who worked three jobs to pay for college. Now the CEO of Synchrony Financial, se...

Queens Campus Undergraduate Commencement Will Not Feature a Student Speaker

Queens Campus Undergraduate Commencement Will Not Feature a Student Speaker

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-in-Chief

May 19, 2018

St. John’s Queens campus undergraduate commencement exercises on May 20 will not feature a student speaker, according to a student informed of the University’s decision.  The Torch is not identifying the student. It is customary for graduation ceremonies to have a student give a speech and address ...

Undergrad Commencement Speaker Pick Shows a Pattern

Undergrad Commencement Speaker Pick Shows a Pattern

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

April 25, 2018

St. John’s announced last week that the His Eminence Luis Antonio Gokim Cardinal Tagle, D.D., S.Th.D Metropolitan Archbishop of Manila will serve as the 2018 undergraduate commencement speaker on the Queens campus, adding him to St. John’s long list of religion-related speakers. Last year’s spea...

Flames of the Torch: on selecting commencement speakers of more diverse backgrounds

Flames of the Torch: on selecting commencement speakers of more diverse backgrounds

Torch Staff

April 4, 2018

Last week, St. John’s Law School announced that this year’s commencement speaker will be former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. Not only is this exciting, as Bharara has been an influential figure in the landscape of the U.S. government, but it is also a step in a promising direction, following the lead o...

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