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by Tom McNamara | Jan 25, 2012

DeSales University Confers 127 Degrees During Mid-Year Commencement

DeSales University held its mid-year commencement Saturday, January 21, in Billera Hall on the Center Valley campus. During the ceremony, Karen Doyle Walton, provost and vice president of academic affairs, conferred degrees upon 127 graduating students for January 2012, including 72 bachelor’s and 55 master’s.

In addition to the January 2012 degree recipients, DeSales awarded 218 degrees to students in September 2011, including 80 bachelor’s and 138 master’s. Because there is no formal ceremony in September, the September graduates may take part in the January commencement.

The 127 graduating students for January 2011 are from the following states: 111 from Pennsylvania; 9 from New Jersey, 3 from New York, and 1 each from Florida, Massachusetts, Montana, and South Carolina. 

The commencement address was delivered by Lisa Binder, president of g2G Associates. Read her speech »

Previously, Binder was president and chief operating officer and director of Associated Banc-Corp and a group executive vice president for Citizens Financial Group, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Scotland, RBS, where she was the executive director of retail banking for more than 1,100 branches and business banking customers supported by more than 9,000 colleagues. Prior experience includes executive positions at Mellon Financial, where she was a member of the Senior Management Committee.

In the community, Binder has been a board member on the Financial Services Roundtable-Housing Policy Council; an advisory board member of the Inner Circle, a board member of the American Banker Association; the United Way of Greater Milwaukee; the Milwaukee United Performing Arts Fund; Milwaukee Women Inc; The Women’s Center; People’s Emergency Center (PEC); Philadelphia High School Academics; Opera Company of Philadelphia; and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

In 2008, Binder was named one of U.S. Banker Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Banking, Her other honors include Wisconsin’s Women of Influence and the Sons of Italy Purple Aster Award for National Leadership.

Lisa holds an M.B.A. from Wilkes University and a B.S. in business management from DeSales University. She successfully completed the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University.

During the ceremony, Mary McGettigan, retired teacher and community volunteer, was acknowledged as the recipient of the DeSales Medal.

The DeSales Medal is the highest nonacademic award conferred by the University in recognition of the outstanding contributions to the development of the University through personal service as well as financial support. Recipients of the DeSales Medal are well respected in the community at large and have been distinguished for the witness they give to the ideals most highly prized by St. Francis de Sales.

Mary McGettigan grew up in the 10th ward of Allentown, Pa., the daughter of a grocery store owner who encouraged Mary and her twin sister Frances to pursue education. Mary graduated from Cedar Crest College with a bachelor’s degree in home economics and she earned her master’s degree from Lehigh University.

For 36 years, Mary taught home economics at South Mountain Junior High School in Allentown. She then became a guidance counselor for an additional 10 years. 

After retiring, Mary traveled extensively with Frances, taking trips to Africa, Asia, and Europe, including a memorable trip to Ireland, their family’s homeland. The sisters also volunteered at Sacred Heart Hospital for many years.     


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Tom McNamara
Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University
2255 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

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Tom.McNamara@desales.edu