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May 08, 2021

La Roche University Hosts 55th Commencement

PITTSBURGH, May 8, 2021 – Today La Roche University honored graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 at two in-person ceremonies celebrating the 55th commencement.

The University conferred 355 degrees, granting two doctoral degrees, 50 master’s degrees, 289 bachelor’s degrees and 14 at the associate level. Forty-eight countries were represented in this 2021 graduating class.

In her address to graduates, Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., president of La Roche, emphasized the value of human interaction. “I hope that you will remember often, especially when the memory of this past year begins to fade, to put down your cell phones, forgo one more selfie, stop your tweets for a minute, and take the time to smile at the person who passes you on the street,” she said. “I wish you a lifetime of human encounters that will wow any application you may ever download to any device.”

Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna III, trustee emeritus and chairman of Howard Hanna Holdings, delivered the commencement address and received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration.

With a focus on the future, Mr. Hanna explained to graduates that when they find something that ignites excitement in their lives, they will achieve success. 

“As you begin the next chapter of your lives, my first piece of advice is to choose your path with passion,” he said. “We are truly a global world of economics, cultural exchange, technology, geopolitics, real estate, education, health care and commerce. The opportunities that are in front of you are truly incredible.”

The University also announced the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the President’s Awards for Leadership and Scholarship. Those who receive this award exemplify the values and characteristics of the La Roche mission statement, have exemplary academic records, and are effective leaders on campus, in the workplace and in the community.

The awardees included:

Julia Felton of Cecil
2021 Traditional Undergraduate Recipient

Micheline Ouedraogo of Pittsburgh
2021 Returning Undergraduate Recipient

Danielle DiNatale of Plum
2020 Traditional Undergraduate Recipient

Additionally La Roche awarded the Woman of Providence Award to Sister Rose Michele Sieber, CDP, whose life of service, as part of the mission of the Congregation of Divine Providence, is a compelling example of God’s Providence made visible.


About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,300 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.