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Seton Hall to Celebrate 162nd Baccalaureate Commencement  

Seton Hall Commencement 2018Seton Hall University will celebrate its 162nd baccalaureate commencement on Monday, May 20 at 9 a.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

The University will graduate 1,433 students with baccalaureate degrees, 712 graduating with honors. In addition, 1,176 graduate students will receive master's and doctorate degrees, making the total number of graduates this year 2,609 students.

The baccalaureate Class of 2019 is the second largest in Seton Hall history; when combined with master's and doctorate degrees 2019 is the largest graduating class in Seton Hall history.

Alumnus Bob Ley '76 will present the commencement address.

Recently selected for induction to the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame, Bob Ley is best known for his work at ESPN. Ley is the longest tenured broadcaster at the sports media giant headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut. He became an anchor of "SportsCenter" on the network's third day of operation in 1979. Today, ESPN is known as "The Worldwide Leader in Sports," and reaches more than 100 million U.S. households and is delivered in many languages to countless countries around the world.

For the last 28 years, Ley has been the host of ESPN's "Outside the Lines," which, as noted by the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame, "examines issues of the day in the sports world that go beyond the playing field and the arena." A recent article in the Asbury Park Press, "Bob Ley hopes to offer 'useful advice' in Seton Hall commencement speech," notes that Ley "has served as the de facto conscience of sports for many years."

In addition to multiple Emmy Awards throughout the years, the show received a Peabody Award for its coverage of the NFL's concussion crisis. Ley, who graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall in 1976, got his start in broadcasting as a sportscaster and program director at WSOU, Seton Hall's student-run radio station. Ley was inducted into the WSOU Hall of Fame in 1995.

The valedictorian address will be delivered by James Martin Gebhart of Newark, Delaware. Gebhart is a seminarian for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, and is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Catholic Theology with a concentration in Philosophy from the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. Gebhart was inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, and Eta Sigma Phi, the National Honor Society for Classical Studies. He is a past Theology Senator for Seton Hall's Student Government Association, and was the House President of St. Andrew's College Seminary. After graduation, Gebhart will be pursuing graduate studies in Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Anthony Jerry Tokarz of Ridgewood, NJ will present the Salutatory Address at the Academic Awards Ceremony. Part of the University Honors program, Tokarz is a double major in Diplomacy and International Relations and Economics. At Seton Hall he served as the Founder and Captain of the Federal Reserve Challenge Team and as a Staff Writer for The Diplomatic Envoy and The Stillman Exchange. Off campus, he interned with Jaguar and Land Rover North America and the Center for Family and Human Rights. After graduation, he hopes to serve as a missionary with the Neocatechumenal Way before pursuing a career in international development.

Gabrielle Marie Apuzzo was selected as alternate speaker for Commencement. From Stirling, New Jersey, Apuzzo is graduating from the College of Communication and the Arts with a B.A. in Public Relations and Journalism and a minor in Psychology. Throughout her career at Seton Hall, Gabby Apuzzo has been involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America, Spoon University, Campus Ministry, the Leadership Fellows Program and the Communication Honors Alumni Mentorship Program. She worked in the Public Relations and Marketing Department at Seton Hall and interned at Water & Wall Group and Fiat Ventures. After graduation, she hopes to work in a public relations agency in New York City. 

For more information on commencement, logistics, FAQs or access to video of the event, visit our Commencement site.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Michael Ricciardelli
  • (973) 378-9845
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