The Class of 2022 graduated in May.

Those seven words may seem simple, but the students’ journey to graduation day surely was not. Each graduating class has its own individual personalities that reflect the times in which they lived. Undoubtedly, beyond the typical challenges that students face, COVID-19 is seared into the diplomas for these graduates in some shape or form. However, by walking across the stage and receiving that diploma, they have persevered. No matter the challenge, the 429 members of the Class of 2022 faced each obstacle with tenacity and grace.

With words of inspiration, the students earning advanced degrees heard from Brian O’Neill, who also received an honorary degree. Describing her own educational journey, Norma Hall Brown ’85, L.O., M.S.A., spoke to the traditional-age graduates who earned associate and bachelor’s degrees. Claire Mooney ’07 DNP, MBA, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC, who also received an honorary degree, shared words of encouragement with the adult undergraduate students.

The Immaculata community commends the students, their families and the faculty and staff who have supported them throughout these unusual times. Congratulations to the Class of 2022.