DeSales University held its mid-year commencement Saturday, January 19, in Billera Hall on the Center Valley campus. During the ceremony, Rev. Bernard F. O’Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales University, conferred degrees upon 156 graduating students for January 2013, including 92 bachelor’s and 64 master’s. (See the list.)
In addition to the January 2013 degree recipients, DeSales awarded 207 degrees to students in September 2012, including 73 bachelor’s and 134 master’s. Because there is no formal ceremony in September, the September graduates may take part in the January commencement.
The 156 graduating students for January 2013 are from the following states: 141 from Pennsylvania; 9 from New Jersey, 2 from Arizona, and 1 each from New York, Connecticut, and California. One graduate was from India, and one was from Romania.
The commencement address was delivered by James B. Martin, district attorney for Lehigh County.
Martin has been district attorney in Lehigh County since January 1998. He has more than 22 years experience as a prosecutor and 40 years experience as a trial lawyer.
As district attorney, Martin manages a budget of $9.1 million, including about $3.5 million in grant money and/or revenue. He supervises more than 80 people—attorneys, administrative staff, a victim/witness unit, county detectives, and homicide, drug and auto theft/insurance fraud task forces.
Martin is working to develop the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center in Allentown, which integrates police departments in the county and dozens of local, state and federal databases in one electronic crime-fighting resource.
In March 2011, Martin partnered with DeSales University, the Officer David M. Petzold Memorial Foundation, and Lehigh County to open a Digital Forensics Laboratory on DeSales’ campus. At the laboratory, specially trained detectives analyze computers, cell phones, and audio-visual equipment to get evidence during investigations into a variety of crimes.
Martin graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. He received his law degree from the Temple University School of Law.
During the ceremony, Anthony and Mary Martocci were acknowledged as the recipients 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.
The Martoccis are long-time friends and supporters of DeSales University who truly live a life of Salesian spirit and inspiration. Among their many generous acts, the Martoccis established the Rev. James P. Finnegan Scholarship, to honor their friendship and the good work of Fr. Finnegan. The Martoccis support their own named scholarship as well as many other programs at DeSales, including the Performing Arts Division and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.
Mary and Tony were married in August 1961 in Jersey City, N.J., and moved to Bethlehem, Pa., in 1965. Tony worked for Homer Research Laboratories, BSCO, for 25 years and transferred to Corporate Energy affairs for 15 years before retiring. Mary was a full-time housewife raising five children (Laura, Philip, Natalie, Monica, and Diana) The couple has nine grandchildren.
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