Celebrating the Class of 2022

At its 164th Commencement, Susquehanna conferred degrees on 520 graduates during a ceremony also marked by an alumna keynote speaker and surprise faculty awards.

2021 Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals, NBC’s Once in a Lifetime Principal and National Principal of the Year nominee Taiisha Swinton-Buck ’08 returned to campus to deliver the keynote address.

“Class of 2022, don’t apologize for doing the right thing in the face of adversity; don’t look for a seat at the table, create your own, and use creativity, imagination and innovation in service to others,” Swinton-Buck told the graduates. “Whatever you choose to do, wherever you plan to plant your feet, I want you to always be authentic in your service to others because that is how you create your own table.

Be bold. The world needs you now more than ever.”

Sharing in the recognition were four faculty members who were named award recipients for teaching, research and advising.

Awards were presented to Emma Fleck, chair and associate professor of marketing and management, and Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, the Lawrence A. Lemons Distinguished Academic Advising Award; Martina Kolb, associate professor of German studies, the John C. Horn Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Creative Activity; and David Richard, presidential professor of biology, the Donald D. Housley Teaching Award. The presidential professorship was bestowed upon Richard during the ceremony, with President Jonathan Green citing the ways Richard helped lead the university through the Covid pandemic.

Read and see more about Commencement and the Class of 2022 at susqu.edu/class-of-2022.

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