Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2016

Top: Thomas B.Hagen, President Michael T. Victor, Bishop Lawrence T. Persico.

Hagen honored during commencement ceremony Tom Hagan Commencement President Michael T. Victor presided over his frst commencement – and the university’s 88th – on May 22. The ceremony at Erie Insurance Arena honored 703 candidates earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The previous weekend, 268 students from Mercyhurst North East, Corry and the Booker T. Washington Center graduated in exercises on the North East campus, bringing the total Class of 2016 to 971. For just the 15th time in its history, Mercyhurst also presented an honorary degree at graduation. Thomas B. Hagen, a distinguished business and civic leader and chairman of the board of the Erie Insurance Group, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and delivered the commencement address. The honorary degree recognizes Hagen’s lifelong commitment to community leadership and his unwavering dedication to public service to the greater Erie community and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. MSG President Caleb Ohmer, an English and political science major, received the Carpe Diem Award and also addressed his fellow Erie graduates. At North East, Pedro Peguero received the Medal of Honor.


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