The graduating class of 2020 hasn’t had the best luck. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many colleges and universities to hold their ceremonies online. After four years of hard work, most graduates would be disappointed, or even angry, with not receiving proper recognition, but not Pat Branley.
At the age of 35, Sister Lucy Mendez, P.C.M. is older than most college students, she’s a nun, and she worked full time while pursuing her degree.
Bishop Cisneros, a native of Cuba who emigrated to the United States in 1961 at the age of 16, gave the invocation and received an honorary degree at the spring commencement, which was held at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island on May 23.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio – in his invocation at St. John’s University’s graduation ceremony on May 19 – recalled Jesus’ command to all of us: to love one another as He loves us.