Nicole Buoni, Valedictorian
Neumann University will graduate its 10,000th student on Saturday, May 14. When a psychology major from Upper Darby (you’ll hear the name at graduation) walks across the stage to receive her degree, students will unfurl a banner that simply says “10,000” to mark the milestone.
Commencement exercises are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on the South Lawn of the Aston campus in Delaware County.
The University opened in 1965 with 115 students. Its first graduating class, in 1967, consisted of nine Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, all English majors. Enrollment now stands at 3,073, and the class of 2011 will number more than 700.
Honorary degrees will be presented to three people, each of whom will address the graduates: Tracy Davidson, NBC 10 news anchor and consumer reporter; Bill Giles, chairman of the Philadelphia Phillies; and G. Michael Green, Delaware County district attorney.
Among the 2011 graduates are:
Nicole Buoni (Aldan) – the 2011 valedictorian and a double major in business administration and marketing who served as a presidential ambassador and peer tutor, and who earned induction into two national honor societies.
Tracy Hunger (Drexel Hill) – a nursing major who cared for her dying father throughout high school, became guardian for her younger brother, and put herself and her brother through school by working several part- and full-time jobs.
Keith Primeau – a first-round pick in the 1990 NHL entry draft, he played 15 seasons with three teams (Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, and Philadelphia Flyers) and wore the "C" as Flyers captain for five seasons. He graduates with a degree in liberal studies in the same year as his son Corey earns a B.S. in sport management.
Tim Perry – a first-round pick in the NBA’s 1988 draft, he played eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets before earning his liberal studies degree at Neumann.
John Randall (Garnet Valley) – an 80-year-old who earned a master’s degree in strategic leadership to help his church.
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