Six area residents will further their counseling careers after earning their Master of Science degrees in Community Counseling during Commencement on Saturday, May 10th at Mount Aloysius College. Five of the six shown here are, from left: Danielle Elizabeth Rupert of Altoona, Pa.; Melissa R. Eckroth from Johnstown; Lyndsey Marie Hrusovsky from Summerhill, Pa.; Terriann L. Grove from Altoona and Natasha Marie Fox of Ebensburg. Pa. Crystal Gayle Phillips of Altoona was absent when photo was taken. The Mount Aloysius College Master of Science in Community Counseling prepares graduates for employment in a variety of social service agencies, including mental health centers, correctional institutions, drug and alcohol treatment centers, health care facilities and business settings. Additional coursework allows graduates to seek licensure as a professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The group was part of the first ever Commencement Convocation held in the College’s Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center. Over 400 graduates, their family, friends, faculty and staff packed the new facility. The Commencement was the 74th graduation as a college at Mount Aloysius. The College began as St. Aloysius Academy in 1853.
Highlighting the event , Pulitzer prize winning-author and publisher of The Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, David Shribman and his wife, GlobalPost correspondent and award-winning senior lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, Cindy Skrzycki jointly delivered the Mount Aloysius College Commencement Address—the Capstone to the College’s yearlong theme, “Citizens in the 21st Century -The Common Good.” The couple received the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. In addition to Mr. Shribman and Ms. Skrzycki, Honorary Degree recipients also included former Irish Ambassador to Russia, James A. Sharkey who received the Honorary Doctor of Social Justice Degree; and Mount Aloysius College alumna, Michelle M. McGowan— regionally renowned actress and director who received the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Ambassador Sharkey served as Visiting Scholar at the College for the past month and delivered the Spring Honors lecture and a presentation on the “Crisis in Ukraine.”